The Virus Destroying Robot

The Ebola Killing Robot


“Ebola Virus Particles” by NIAID is licensed under CC BY 2.0

By: Eric Yang, Journalist

In 2014, the Ebola virus ran rapid throughout the world. In the midst of all of this, the 633rd medical group had developed a “Ebola Zapping” machine. The Air Force had begun using this machine just two months after the virus had started. The robot, nicknamed “Saul” was a very useful tool in making sure that there were no remains of Ebola after a patient had recovered. Saul could eradicate any Ebola traces in only two minutes, using technology that detects the Ebola particles. To put into context, the standard way that they were destroying the Ebola particles took two hours and used mercury. About 250 hospitals, in 2014 had used Saul. The robot functions by making it so that Saul detects the virus, and then it zaps it with a photon gun. The power of the zap is 25,000 times brighter than the regular fluorescent lights. The virus is then split open, destroyed, and cleared of any harmful pathogens.

Although this technology was invented a while ago, it could still be applied to the modern-day COVID-19.  With this type of technology and the same concept, many hospitals could clean a room of COVID-19 using this type of robot. Although this exact same idea may not work, the same principle could be applied to COVID and could help fight it. Many modern-day companies could be working around the clock to make this type of machine, in order to eventually eradicate COVID-19.

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Meet Saul, the Ebola-Zapping Robot