Optics are enabling key technologies in the fight against COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Various optical components play a critical role in the tools frontline healthcare workers use to combat this global health crisis. These include, among others, filters and lenses in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) systems that replicate DNA samples for testing and Germanium optics in infrared fever detection systems.
Key Ways Optics are Fighting COVID-19
Case Study: PCR Tests for Diagnosing COVID-19
Can produce test results in less than one hour
Exponentially replicates DNA samples to allow for accurate analysis
Fluorescence-based PCR systems utilize optical filters, lenses, and mirrors