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Seattle teenagers debut SMS text alert service for COVID-19 stats, set sights on screening tool

Sage Khanuja (left) and Nikolas Ioannou (proper) co-founded Spira and debuted an SMS COVID-19 tracker this week. (Photo courtesy of Sage Khanuja)

Two University of Washington college students simply launched a SMS COVID-19 tracker and have plans for a coronavirus screening instrument.

Nikolas Ioannou and Sage Khanuja are the youngsters behind Spira, which debuted the text-based service this week. Users will obtain day by day coronavirus updates, together with data on deaths, circumstances, recoveries, and even reminders for hand washing and staying dwelling. The information comes from Worldometer, a web site that pulls numbers from official authorities experiences and dependable information sources.  

The younger entrepreneurs are additionally engaged on a COVID-19 screening instrument that encourages individuals who could also be experiencing flu-like signs to reply a fast questionnaire. The two hope to develop their expertise to report coughs of their customers, which can be analyzed utilizing a customized machine studying algorithm.

Ioannou stated it’s not meant to switch the precise COVID-19 take a look at, however slightly as an “informative datapoint.”

“Depending on the output of the machine studying mannequin, we might modify the affected person’s urgency to get a screening take a look at,” he stated.

Ioannou and Khanuja met this previous May on the UW and shortly after established Spira, derived from the phrase “respiratory.” They started designing a prototype to display for respiratory illnesses and developed a 3D printed machine with a digital stethoscope and a LCD contact display that lets customers reply questions and report their respiration. Results would then be displayed on the display.

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3D printed respiratory screening take a look at [Credit:Spira)Thedevicewasoriginallysupposedtobedeployedinlow-incomecountriesbutafterspeakingatCESinLasVegasthestudentswereapproachedbyseveraltelehealthcompaniesincludingNewYork-basedTeladocHealththatwantedtointegratetheirtechnologyintoaneasy-to-useapplicationprogrammingsurface

That’s when Spira formally grew to become an organization and launched an app screening for 95% of all respiratory illnesses, together with bronchial asthma, pneumonia, continual obstructive pulmonary illness, and extra. The app makes use of a cellphone’s microphone to conduct a cough and auscultation take a look at, based on Spira’s web site.

Spira has raised $15,000, together with $7,500 from the UW’s Health Innovation problem.

Ioannou was named GeekWire’s Geek of the Week in November. He launched earlier apps that helped folks determine and learn to correctly eliminate waste.

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