A new test developed by researchers at Brunel University, Lancaster University and Surrey University in London can reduce the detection time of a new coronary virus to half an hour with handheld hardware devices, at a cost of just 100 pounds, and a swabs bag for each subject could cost about $5,media reported.
It is understood that the test is based on existing technology – used in the Philippines to test the spread of the virus in chickens , but researchers are now using it in the detection of new human coronaviruses . For now, the team is working on mass production.
It is clear that the test needs to be approved by health regulators before it can be put into use in any given area, but the researchers behind the project believe it will respond well and say they could even put it to work within weeks. The hardware itself is battery-powered, displaying diagnostic results by connecting to a smartphone app and using it with a nasal or throat swab without sending samples back to the lab.
The advantage of this test, which british scientists have done with other approved field tests, is that it runs on inexpensive hardware and can test up to six people simultaneously, and can be deployed in doctors’ offices, hospitals and even workplaces and homes for truly extensive and accessible tests.