Scientists at a university research center in Turkey claim they have developed an ultra-rapid coronavirus test with 99% accuracy that can return results within 10 seconds. This was reported on the website of Bilkent University.
The Diagnovir is a diagnostic kit said to use nanotechnology to detect Covid-19 in a patient.
First, a swab is taken from the patient's mouth before being mixed with a solution and added to a pathogen detection chip.
"It detects the presence of pathogens with high accuracy by receiving a fluorescent signal," Ali Aytac Seymen, a researcher at the National Nanotechnology Research Centre (UNAM) said.
He then pointed out that, unlike the widely-used polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which detects specific genetic material in a sample before amplifying it, the Diagnovir "focuses on the existence or non-existence of the virus using advanced optical methods."
This, he says, can give a patient a positive result within 5-10 seconds, but would take up to 20 seconds if the result is negative. A PCR test, meanwhile, can take much longer.
The researchers are now aiming to get approval from Turkish authorities to begin mass-producing the kits within the next two months. They hope these will eventually replace PCR tests.
As we reported earlier, the Indian regulation authority allowed the urgent use of Covaxin, the locally produced vaccine from Covid-19.