Tech professors create Ultra Fast COVID-19 test that gives results in seconds & gold standard of accuracy

Tech professors create Ultra Fast COVID-19 test that gives results in seconds & gold standard of accuracy

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A COVID-19 test designed by a Texas Tech team could allow researchers to track the virus in real time and track the concentration levels of the virus in the body.

To use the Ultra Fast COVID-19 test, you place a drop of saliva in a device connected to your phone then it tells you the amount of virus in your body. It can be used up to 120 times a day.

Gerardine Botte is a professor and Whitacre Department Chair in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering. Ultimately, the speed of this device could save time and resources.

“Number one we are still learning about the virus. So every time you take a test it takes a lot of time, a lot of resources and you need to have someone trained who specialized to do this analysis,” Botte said,

Botte said the device is as easy as checking your temperature.

“Its so fast, you could actually prevent the spread much faster. And you can analyze by population sectors right away,” Botte said.

The Ultra Fast COVID-19 test is just as accurate as PCR tests that often take days to get results and more accurate than rapid tests that often provide false negatives.

How to get the most accurate COVID-19 test results

Botte said this could change the way we research COVID-19 treatments and vaccines.

“You could test yourself as many times as you want during the day. So imagine that you could test after you go for a walk or how is the concentration of the virus in you evolving as you go through a treatment,” Botte said. “So if you have this and you can use your apple watch or whatever electronic gadget that you have, how you are progressing with the virus as a function of time, we could have done a lot more progress much faster in terms of developing vaccines and drugs.”

Currently the team waits for FDA emergency use authorization, Botte is in the early stages of making the Ultra Fast COVID-19 test commercially available. In the meantime, they continue to innovate.

“The next step that is evolving is to develop it like you have a carbon monoxide censor to have a COVID-19 air censor,” Botte said.

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