Singapore researchers at the NanoBio Lab at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) in Singapore, headed by Professor Jackie Ying, has developed a fast tracker test which can diagnose a coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in five minutes.
It is said that if and when the test seeks the necessary approvals, it would become the fastest test currently available for the COVID-19.
The team is currently modifying the test so it can achieve maximum efficiency for a diverse range of potential patients and they hope to submit the test for approval in about a month’s time.
The test is said to be designed to seek out genetic material of the virus in secretions from a patient; most commonly saliva and secretions from the nose, both of which would have small amounts of the virus in an infected person.
These samples are collected using a swab, and fed to a portable device that will return a result in 5 to 10 minutes.