This is How to Detect COVID19 by Cellphone

IT / 20 May, 2020

This is How to Detect COVID19 by Cellphone

This is How to Detect COVID19 by Cellphone

The availability of Corona virus testing kits, both rapid tests and PCR-based, is still a problem in several countries, including Indonesia. However, it turns out there is a special tool that can be added to the cell phone that makes it a Corona virus testing tool.
This tool was made by a team from the University of Utah, United States, through a project that was originally created to detect the Zika virus, which was busy in 2016. But the tool can be modified so that it can detect COVID-19.

“We started this project about 12 months ago. The main idea is that people have a Zika detection device that can be used to detect where they are going. Now the plan is to change it to detect COVID-19,” said Professor Massood Physician Azar

Compared to the rapid test – which needs to draw blood – or PCR – which has to do a swab in the nose – This is How to Detect COVID19 by Cellphone  the device developed is relatively more comfortable to use. Because users simply blow, cough, breathe, or sneeze so that the saliva can stick to the sensor.

Users can test the presence of viruses from an object by rubbing them using a tool and putting the sample into the sensor. The device itself is connected to the cellphone via Bluetooth, and takes power through the charger port.

This is How to Detect COVID19 by Cellphone After that, if there is a Corona virus, then a single strand of DNA called aptamers on the sensor will bind to the protein. Then the electrical system will produce positive results, which then the data can be processed further, such as reporting it to the authorities.

The sensor in this device can be used more than once, because there is a small electrical current flowing to destroy the previous sample. The cost is not very expensive, around USD 55 or Rp 815 thousand.

Clinical trials measuring about 1 inch of this tool will be conducted in July, and the most quickly available to the public in August 2020, as quoted by Techspot, Wednesday (5/20/2020).