Speed is of the essence in the global fight against Covid-19. If every one of us could know in an instant whether or not we were infected, we could all act accordingly and put an end to this pandemic. Unfortunately, instant diagnosis is not yet within the realm of possibility. But a team of researchers, led by Jennifer Doudna of UC Berkley, are making great strides in that direction.
Doudna and her peers have developed a new test capable of detecting the Covid-19 virus in less than 5 minutes. What’s more is that this test is cheap and portable, with the potential to be used anywhere from the airport, to the class room or work office.
Although the test is not quite as sensitive as current lab testing, and further experimentation is needed to confirm its accuracy, it seems to have the potential to revolutionise Covid-19 diagnosis, and in doing so, provide a much needed windfall in our global fight against the virus.