Taiwan researchers develop rapid Covid-19 test

28 October, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT

Researchers at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) have developed a rapid Covid-19 test. The test can detect the stage of an individual's infection and produce results in less than five minutes.

The chip-based diagnostic system, which uses blood samples as small as 0.02 millilitres, was unveiled at a press conference by lead researchers at NCTU.

Compared to standard Covid-19 rapid tests, which simply produce a positive or negative result, the NCTU test determines the stage of the infection based on antibody, antigen and nucleic acid measurements.

According to the university’s researchers, the test's accuracy, stability and reproducibility are all in the 94-96% range, and meet international guidelines.

The test's small size and the ability to upload its results to a cloud storage system for easy patient notification make it suitable for use in airports, medical facilities and large-scale public gatherings.

The team is now preparing to submit its research, which could go into mass production early next year.

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