Health Editor’s Note: A one minutes Coronavirus test that has a 90% accuracy rate would be a huge help in fighting COVID-19. This test uses nasal or throat swabs or particles from a simple breath test….Carol
Prof. Gabby Sarusi Develops One Minute Coronavirus Test
BGU’s Prof. Gabby Sarusi (pictured below) has developed and is now validating a test that identifies carriers of the COVID-19 virus in less than a minute with greater than 90% accuracy and at a dramatically lower price than any other method available. Clinical trials in conjunction with the Defense Ministry on more than 120 Israelis had a better than 90% success rate compared to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests. The ongoing trials will seek to determine if the test can identify the specific stage of COVID-19 infection as well as its presence.
“Right from the beginning of the trials, we received statistically significant results in line with our simulations and PCR tests,” says Prof. Sarusi, deputy head for research at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member of the Electro-Optical Engineering Unit at BGU.
“We are continuing clinical trials and will compare samples from COVID-19 patients with samples from patients with other diseases to see if we can identify the different stages of the COVID-19 infection,” according to Sarusi.
Prof. Sarusi developed his chip within the framework of BGU’s Coronavirus Task Force, initiated by BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz to harness the resources and ingenuity of the University to tackle the myriad aspects of the pandemic.