Fast, Inexpensive COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test kit

posted by Abishek Muthian 133 days ago  

Just took tests for flu like symptoms, turned out to be a normal flu. Owing to the flu season and COVID-19 scare; there are large number of people undergoing these tests, pushing the hospital resources to its limits.

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, with each person infected with it infecting 2.2 other people.

With the risk of COVID-19 disease becoming a pandemic, we need faster, inexpensive test kits available soon. WHO is developing protocols for COVID-19 tests, current available test kits are complex, expensive and are limited to only speciality disease centers even in developed countries.

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.
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