Royal Oak, Michigan. —
Beaumont health announced Wednesday that a team of researchers has developed a new COVID-19 test That would detect the virus in urine, blood, saliva, or mouth-swap in 30-45 minutes.
According to beaumont, the team led by Dr. Laura lamb, and Dr. Michael Chancellor in the Research center Aikens in the Institute beaumont.
Beaumont said that they compared the results with existing technologies, and these results proved to be very accurate.
“We need more test cases if we are a successful public health response to COVID-19,” lamb said in a release. “This is a rapid test that does not require expensive equipment to run and the materials for it are relatively inexpensive. The more options we have for testing the better.”
According to lamb, the test can be used for screening in places like nursing homes, institutions providing long-term care, cruise ships, school systems and more.
Beaumont said the next step is to obtain corporate sponsorship to Fund development of the test.
The idea came from an Express test for detection of zika virus, which was invented three years ago, and it was adapted for COVID-19.
“It just shows you how working in one area can stimulate research in the other,” said the Chancellor.
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