HEALTH

Coronavirus continues to spread, Salt Lake company looks for answers

Jan 24, 2020, 2:34 PM | Updated: Mar 12, 2020, 9:23 am
Salt Lake company corona virus...
Salt Lake-based Co-Diagnostics has previously developed testing machines for West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. (Photo credit: Getty Images)
(Photo credit: Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Co-Diagnostics has only about 50 employees, but they’re playing a big part in fighting a deadly disease.

The Salt Lake-based company is at the forefront of developing a test that could be used across the world.

And it couldn’t come a moment too soon.

Right now, Chinese health officials are busy trying to contain an outbreak that has killed 26 people.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus has touched American soil and a second person has been afflicted with the deadly virus.

Fighting disease

The company already has a track history of developing vital testing machines, after they launched NAM-W last year.

That test is able to get results within days for West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Several districts in Utah have already started using NAM-W and now the hope is they can develop something for China.

Coronavirus spreads

Officials with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk to the U.S. public remains relatively low, even though more cases are likely to be confirmed in the next few days.

Health officials say the virus is spreading from human-to-human contact and the epicenter is Wuhan, China.

With that in mind, the pressure is on Co-Diagnostics to develop an effective test before things get worse.

Company CEO Dwight Egan recently told the Deseret News he feels the test could be developed soon, since their software is “very rapid.”

“It’s that kind of ability that allows us to quickly take a problem and any kind of a disease or mutation of an existing disease, whether it’s RNA or DNA, and to quickly get a solution to it in terms of its diagnosis,” says Egan.

At this time, the Health Organization has not categorized the outbreak as a global health emergency.

According to them, there’s still a lack of evidence of human-to-human infection in any country outside China.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Health

A new study finds that reports of bad weather and air actually decrease ridership on the UTA....
Devin Oldroyd

Relief from inversion and poor air quality may be in Utah’s near future

The Beehive State is in the middle of some thick inversion and poor air quality, but relief may be on the way according to the National Weather Service.
1 day ago
A study by Intermountain Health that spanned 40 years and sought answers about the health of people...
Simone Seikaly

Intermountain’s 40-year study provides insight into weight-loss surgery

In some cases the results from the weight-loss surgery study were expected. But at least one result could be a cause for alarm and caution.
1 day ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a recall for mil...
Simone Seikaly

Check your pantry, a Conagra canned meat recall may affect you

Millions of pounds of canned meat and poultry products (mainly Vienna sausages) are involved in the Conagra recall.
1 day ago
Two temporary federal pandemic emergency assistance programs are coming to an end in the coming mon...
Waverly Golden

As two federal pandemic emergency-assistance programs near an end, Cox has solutions

Two temporary federal pandemic emergency assistance programs are coming to an end in the coming months due to more job opportunities.
1 day ago
FILE - A doctor loads a dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at ...
Aimee Cobabe

Bill banning vaccine passports heading to Utah Senate

A bill to ban vaccine passports is heading out of the Utah House and into the Utah Senate. The bill is similar to a failed bill from 2022.
5 days ago
A bill on transgender healthcare — banning transgender-related surgeries and puberty blockers for...
Eliza Pace, KSL TV and Aimee Cobabe, KSL NewsRadio

Utah Senate approves changes to transgender care bill, passes on to Gov. Cox

SB16 bans gender-confirming surgeries for minors and also places a moratorium on puberty blockers for minors.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five Common Causes of Cervical Cancer – and What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer, the tests that can warn women about potential cancer, and the importance of vaccination.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get Ready for Fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy. This year the event will be held from January 27-29 at the Utah Bear Lake State Park Marina and Sunrise Resort and Event Center in Garden City, Utah. 
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...
Macey's

15 Easy Christmas Dinner Ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy. Choose from the dishes we’ve highlighted to plan your meal or start brainstorming your own meal plan a couple of weeks before to make sure you have time to shop and prepare.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The Best Tools for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Workplace Success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
Coronavirus continues to spread, Salt Lake company looks for answers