Texas A&M Donates More Than 2,000 COVID-19 Test Kits


COLLEGE STATION, TX—As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the entire country, communities are coming together to support each other in any way they can. Texas A&M University in collaboration with students, researchers, and scientists are doing their part.

Shortages of COVID-19 tests continue to be a prominent issue across the nation. In response, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory repurposed more than 2,000 sampling kits that are usually used on pigs, cows, and chickens for human use.

To further help with testing two groups of students designed and built mobile medical clinics.

One clinic, built by Texas A&M construction science students, is serving residents in Nueces County. BUILD, a student organization converted a shipping container into a medical clinic and sent one to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Metered-dose inhalers that are used to treat diagnosed and suspected COVID-19 patients who do not require ventilator therapy, are facing shortages and researchers with the Texas A&M Engineering Medicine (EnMed) program created and supplied 200 3D-printed diffusers to Houston Methodist Hospital.

Additionally, students and professors in the College of Engineering are researching methods to construct personal protection masks for medical personnel.

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