Blood test could identify who is most likely to die of coronavirus, scientists claim
BLOOD tests could help identify patients who are more likely to die from the coronavirus, scientists have claimed.
New tests could determine patterns in the levels of blood proteins that are able to predict whether the condition of an individual with Covid-19 will remain stable or if it will deteriorate.
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Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute in London have identified various proteins in the blood which could identify how patients are treated.
In order to determine the impact on patients, blood tests would be carried out using mass spectrometers that could run as many as 800 tests a day.
The researchers claimed this could be undertaken at a low cost and that the technique uses many machines that hospitals already have.
In order for the technique to be successful, it would rely on machine learning which is currently being trained on data gathered from hundreds of German patients.
It is hoped that this will recognise patterns in the levels of blood proteins.
So far in the UK over 39,000 people have died from the coronavirus and the new development could help NHS care providers determine how patients with the virus are treated.
Scientists should receive ethical approval from the NHS within weeks, then it will be able to use data from patients which would also train and test the AI.
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