Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. In humans, coronaviruses cause respiratory tract infections that can be mild, such as some cases of the common cold (among other possible causes, predominantly rhinoviruses), and others that can be lethal, such as SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

Michigan Company Develops Coronavirus Tracking App

BLOOMFIELD HILLS—A new tracking app developed by a subsidiary of Bloomfield Hills-based V2Soft, a software, staffing, service, and outsourcing company, announced a new app that keeps records of the contacts of users, which could be used in managing coronavirus exposure through contact tracing. The app, “ViralTrak,” follows the interaction of app members in their vicinity

By |2020-04-16T21:11:41-04:00April 16th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

California 3D Printer Maker Gets Michigan Reseller

VENTURA, Calif.—The 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D announced an expansion of its distribution into Michigan through a partnership with Delray Systems, a Rochester-based reseller of 3D pinter technology. The network expansion is part of Nexa3D’s ambitious plan to address fundamental supply chain shortcomings complicated by COVID-19. The company says its printers are faster than legacy machines, printing up to

By |2020-04-16T21:11:41-04:00April 16th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

Dearborn Company To Mass-Produce Coronavirus Test Swabs With 3D Printers

DEARBORN—EnvisionTec, a manufacturer of desktop and full-production 3D printers and materials, is proud to announce they have successfully completed a clinical trial to use the EnvisionTEC 3D printed nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing. EnvisionTEC, as well as a growing number of their Envision One cDLM customers who have also registered with the FDA to take

By |2020-04-16T21:11:41-04:00April 16th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

Thumb Filter Maker Converts To Coronavirus PPE With State Help

LANSING–National Filters Inc., an industrial filter manufacturer located in Harbor Beach in Michigan’s Thumb, is retooling and purchasing new machinery to produce healthcare equipment critical to COVID-19 relief efforts with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announced. State support will help allow National Filters to purchase equipment necessary to increase

By |2020-04-12T10:39:05-04:00April 12th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

Michigan Insurers Waive Copays, Deductibles For COVID-19 Tests, Treatment

LANSING—The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced that the state has received agreements from nearly all of the state’s health insurance companies to waive cost-sharing, including copays, deductibles, and coinsurance for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and treatments. The Whitmer Administration and DIFS had worked with insurers to waive these costs. “Michiganders that are fighting

By |2020-04-12T10:39:05-04:00April 12th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

Skilled Laborers Brigade Making PPEs For Healthcare Professionals Battling COVID-19

ANN ARBOR - Shannon O'Hara has cobbled together 500 tailors in metro New York to sew washable hospital gowns to protect healthcare professionals from COVID-19. She's looking to connect with tailors nationwide to join her brigade. She's also looking for tailors to join her brigade in Michigan.  

By |2020-04-01T17:33:05-04:00April 1st, 2020|Coronavirus, Featured, Science|

Pandemic Meets Robotics In LTU Student’s Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

SOUTHFIELD - It’s certainly hard to find any fun in the many precautions demanded by the Coronavirus pandemic. But a computer science student at Lawrence Technological University has managed to come up with one for youthful robot builders. Joe Schulte has designed a robot that automatically dispenses hand sanitizer. He said the robot took him

By |2020-03-31T15:24:46-04:00March 31st, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|

DetroitSewn Shifts To Stitching Hospital Masks To Meet COVID-19 PPE Shortage

PONTIAC - DetroitSewn is joining a lot of Michigan companies pivoting production to meet the healthcare Personal Protective Equipment needs for hospitals triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of sewing custom and industrial apparel, owner Karen Buscemi has her staff sewing cotton washable reusable hospital masks. Last week she had eight people stitching twill-tie and

By |2020-03-29T18:15:52-04:00March 29th, 2020|Coronavirus, Science|