Coronavirus test

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed the first coronavirus test of its kind capable of producing results in around 60 seconds.

By United with Israel Staff

On Wednesday, Israeli researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) announced they created a new coronavirus test that generates results in one minute.

The test analyzes samples taken from nasal swabs or breath to flag those infected with the coronavirus, Times of Israel reported.

As of Wednesday, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of close to 300,000 people worldwide, including 262 Israelis

The Israeli one-minute test relies on a microchip to pick up the virus’ effect on biological material in the samples.

“The system then analyzes the biological sample and provides an accurate positive/negative result within a minute via a cloud-connected system,” the Times reported, quoting a statement from BGU.

“The point-of-care device automatically backs up the results into a database that can be shared by authorities, making it easier than ever to track the course of the virus, as well as triage and treat patients,” the statement added.

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Source: United with Israel