Oxford University scientists have created a test to detect the coronavirus and other viruses in less than five minutes, the university announced Thursday.
Scientists in Oxford’s physics department created the test, which can find the virus that causes the coronavirus and differentiate it from “negative clinical samples” and “common respiratory pathogens,” according to the university, which touted the test as highly accurate. (RELATED: Two European Countries Report High Error Rate For Chinese-Supplied Coronavirus Tests)
“Unlike other technologies that detect a delayed antibody response or that require expensive, tedious and time-consuming sample preparation, our method quickly detects intact virus particles; meaning the assay is simple, extremely rapid, and cost-effective,” Achilles Kapanidis, an Oxford physics professor, said in a press release.
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The researchers want to create “an integrated device” that can be used for testing purposes at places like airports “to establish and safeguard COVID-19-free spaces,” the release said.
“A significant concern for the upcoming winter months is the unpredictable effects of co-circulation