Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Coronavirus Research Update

We are pleased to share some of the most promising Covid-19 research
 coming out of  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

BGU's 1-Minute COVID-19 Breathalyzer Test
Future Coronavirus Outbreaks Could Be Predicted Using Sewage Water
A group of BGU scientists have developed a new methodology to trace the SARS-CoV-2 virus through the sewage and wastewater systems. They already determined that it is transferred through feces into the sewage in their first round of sampling. However, no one is sure yet if the virus remains contagious in sewage. Moreover, if their new methodology is added to the regular screening tests for sewage and wastewater, it could be used to determine the extent of the current outbreak and become an early warning system for future outbreaks.
Eight-Times Faster Group-Testing for COVID-19
A team of BGU researchers is using AI to develop an algorithm-based test that can speed COVID-19 testing eightfold and help locate asymptomatic carriers. The research team, which is using a laboratory robot to conduct the tests includes Prof. Angel Porgador and Dr. Tomer Hertz from BGU's Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics and the National Institute of Biotechnology; Prof. Yonat Shemer-Avni, head of Soroka University Medical Center's Virology Lab, and Dr. Noam Shental from the Open University's Department of Computer Science.
Israelis’ Anxiety Levels Plateaued Four Weeks into Lockdown and Then Dropped

After gradually rising for a month, the Israeli public’s anxiety levels plateaued four weeks into the coronavirus lockdown and then dropped as “habituation” set in, according to polling commissioned by a team of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev psychologists and public health experts. The team began polling a 1,000 person representative sample of Jewish Israelis when the coronavirus epidemic had broken out in other parts of the world but had not yet reached Israel, which gave them a baseline of the Israeli public’s general anxiety levels.
BGU PhD Student and High School Robotics Club Develop Transparent Face Mask
The new normal is wearing a face mask in public. However, wearing one presents an obstacle to communication with people with hearing disabilities who often read lips to communicate with hearing people. BGU School of Public Health doctoral student Carolina Tannenbaum-Baruchi has joined forces with Maayan Levin, mentor of high school robotics team “Roboactive #2096” from Dimona, to solve the problem. Their solution is the “Read My Lips” facemask which is transparent in front and does not fog up.
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