needgap, create startup ideas by solving problems http://needgap.com Submit problems for startups to solve for building startup ideas and creating products which people want. Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:04:00 +0000 Fast, Inexpensive COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test kit #coronavirus #medicaltestkit Just took tests for flu like symptoms, turned out to be a normal flu. Owing to the flu season and&nbsp;COVID-19 scare; there are large number of people undergoing these tests, <b>pushing the hospital resources to its limits</b>.<div><br></div><div>That's why COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 has become especially dangerous. The true death rate from COVID-19 might be closer or bit higher than a severe season flu, but SARS-CoV-2 is more contagious than seasonal flu, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/health/coronavirus-flu.html">with each person infected with it infecting 2.2 other people</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>With the risk of COVID-19 disease becoming a <a href="https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp2003762">pandemic</a>, we need faster, inexpensive test kits available soon. <a href="https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-guidance/laboratory-guidance">WHO is developing protocols for COVID-19 tests</a>, current available test kits are complex, expensive and are limited to only speciality disease centers <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/testing.html">even in developed countries</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>Poor countries, wouldn't stand a chance if COVID-19 becomes a pandemic and hence we need fast, inexpensive test kits distributed globally to every primary care centers.<br></div> 3 points posted by Abishek Muthian /problems/95-fast-inexpensive-covid-19-sars-cov-2-test-kit-coronavirus-medicaltestkit 95 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 13:21:00 +0000