As the outbreak continues to spread, the amount of tests becomes a cause for concern. According to CNN, scientist are reportedly working on a faster, yet more cost-efficient COVID-19 test.
“We have 3 things to do,” Professor Zhengfang Cui, the team’s leader, told CNN. “The first is to get clinical trials. We just started those here at Oxford University Hospital. The second thing is regulatory approval, which is based on the number of tests done. The third is to get industry partners to implement large scale manufacture. For that, we need clean rooms and manufacturing facilities. And then we can roll out the product.”
A team at Oxford’s Engineering Science Laboratory will work to create a test that would give patients COVID-19 result in just 30 minutes. Even more, test would only cost manufacturers about $25 to create. “The test has a huge advantage in both its speed, but also because the chemicals only need to be kept at 65°C (or 150°F) for half an hour, which can be done easily in any hospital, or even eventually at home.”
The process will take 2-4 weeks. We’ll keep you updated.