Israeli researchers develop Coronavirus test with results in 30 Seconds
NanoScent, an Israeli startup, has developed a Coronavirus examination kit that can “smell” COVID-19 in less than 30 seconds.
Tests among hundreds of patients in Israeli hospitals point to an accuracy rate of over 90%.
The pilot has been successfully tested among dozens of patients at the Sheba Medical Center, several Magen David Adom drive-in test sites across the country and a number of hospitals, including Ichilov in Tel Aviv and Poriya in Tiberias.
The test was developed with assistance from the Israeli Innovation Authority and the Health Ministry, which have funded the testing kit’s development.
NanoScent’s kit absorbs the vapors of the decomposition processes that occur when the Coronavirus penetrates the host’s nose or pharynx – this means that the kit is also capable of detecting non-symptomatic Coronavirus carriers as early as four days after the initial infection.
The cost of the test is one dollar, whereas the cost of the actual kit is tens of thousands of dollars.
NanoScent has already received many requests from around the world to purchase their product.
This is the second Israeli product to address the identification of coronavirus. The first testing method, designed by Professor Gabby Sarusi of Ben Gurion University, identifies carriers in less than a minute.