smartphone-based coronavirus testing kit,provides results for COVD19 in 50 minutes

A new coronavirus portable testing kit



Researchers in the UK
have designed a portable smartphone-based coronavirus testing kit, which
 they say can provide results for COVD-19 in just 50 minutes
after
taking a throat swab.


Most current tests take 24-48 hours to provide results because they need
 to be sent to labs, noted the researchers from the University of East
Anglia (UEA) in the UK, who created the test to be rolled out to test
National Health Service (NHS) staff in two weeks.




The new molecular test could be used to process 16 samples at a time -
or up to 384 samples if using a lab-based detection machine, they said.


The test kit aims to help self-isolating medical staff return to work as
 quickly as possible. And it will also ensure that those at work are not
 spreading the virus, according to the UEA researchers.


    "The idea behind this is that we need to test NHS staff more
quickly, so they can stay at work if they are well, or go home if
they're a risk to potentially very vulnerable patients," said lead
researcher Justin O'Grady, from UEA's Norwich Medical School, which
began work on the kit earlier this month.