Currently the sample collection method for COVID-19 used is the nasopharyngeal method, where doctors have to swab the nose and the back of the throat of the patient.
A laboratory based in Warrington has developed a new portable and easier way to detect COVID-19 in patients, plus the detection only takes 15 minutes.
AlphaBioLabs claims that the test kit can be performed by both medical professional and regular individuals. The company is currently targeting companies that want to screen employees who are necessary to work outside, such as distributing, warehousing, and services workers.
The test is going to cost £125 plus VAT, or $144. It involves taking a blood sample via a finger prick and then inserting into a screening device. The test results will then be shown within 15 minutes and say whether the patient has been infected or not.