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Opinion: Young Jamaican’s Invention Could Help Tackle Spread of Viruses Like COVID-19

Five years ago more than 40 babies born in Jamaican hospitals became infected with lethal bacteria – half of them died. The bacteria Klebsiella, like the Coronavirus (COVID-19), is spread from person-to-person or via contaminated surfaces. It can be killed by hand-washing with warm soapy water. The situation caught the attention of technology student Rayvon Stewart based in Jamaica who set about finding a way to curb the spread of harmful germs. “I made a determined decision that I was going to find a solution to limit…