As the COVID-19 pandemic began to spiral out of control just over a year ago, many among us began to express concerns that the event wasn’t all that it appeared to be, spouting some seriously worrisome conspiracy theories along the way.
This isn’t unusual, to be fair; Nearly all of the major, morose events in world history are plagued by conspiracy thinking, as human beings have a propensity for coming up with solutions to scary situations. We prefer to live in a world that makes sense, has causes and effects, rather than random trouble.
And so, with the coronavirus vaccine, there were plenty of hypotheses about how the powers that be would be exploiting the crisis to take advantage of the citizens of the globe. In one such theory, secret microchips would be implanted into those who received a vaccine, and then used for some sort of nefarious purpose.
While there has been no evidence thus far of this occurring, the Pentagon did go out on a limb and announce the development of a COVID-related implantable microchip, which is reigniting the controversy all over again.
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The team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have been working for years on preventing and ending pandemics.
They assess the issues and come up with ingenious solutions, which at times appear more from a science fiction novel than a working laboratory.
One of their recent inventions, they told 60 Minutes on Sunday night, was a microchip which detects COVID infection in an individual before it can become an outbreak.
So, what exactly is going on here?
Retired Colonel Matt Hepburn, an army infectious disease physician leading DARPA’s response to the pandemic, showed the 60 Minutes team a tissue-like gel, engineered to continuously test your blood.
‘You put it underneath your skin and what that tells you is that there are chemical reactions going on inside the body, and that signal means you are going to have symptoms tomorrow,’ he explained.
He said they were inspired by the struggle to stem the virus’ spread onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, where 1,271 crew members tested positive for the coronavirus.
‘It’s like a “check engine” light,’ said Hepburn.
‘Sailors would get the signal, then self-administer a blood draw and test themselves on site.
‘We can have that information in three to five minutes.
‘As you truncate that time, as you diagnose and treat, what you do is you stop the infection in its tracks.’
The Pentagon also announced an experimental treatment in which ill patients underwent a sort of dialysis in which their blood was passed through a filter that removed COVID-19 before being replaced within the body.
According to the Pentagon, this experiment worked wonders, bringing one unnamed military spouse back from the brink of death.
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