COVID detection in 30 seconds? Delhi tests 4 Israeli technologies
India has received help from Israel and is testing four technologies that may detect a corona virus infection in 30 seconds
With the economy struggling to get back on its toes after being ambushed by corona virus pandemic, the only way to return to normalcy is testing, isolating, and treating the sufferers.
On this endeavor, India, the third worst-hit nation, has got help from Israel, and is testing four technologies that may potentially detect a corona virus infection in 30 seconds.
As per the plan, almost 10,000 individuals will likely be examined twice, as soon as using the RT-PCR process, the traditional and only solution to judge if someone has been infected, and then using the 4 technologies to judge their efficiency.
If the technologies yield favorable outcomes, they might help kick start the economy quicker and allow co-existence with the deadly virus, feel experts.
Professor K Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stated the Israeli Defense R&D, the Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have come together for this challenge.
He revealed the technologies showed good results in lab settings.
“However the problem is to see how they’ll work in a field setting,” he stated.
Revealing extra in regards to the processes, Raghavan stated the primary technology uses the terahertz spectroscopy.
“On this, a sample is taken, deposited on a chip, and then examined in a manner that specifically detects SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. This doesn’t contain any chemistry or reagents as it does in the current standard tests,” he said, adding that results are out within a minute.
The second strategy is known as isothermal test and the third one detects corona virus-specific polyamino acids.
“The fourth approach is to study speech samples from asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic sufferers, examine them with others and see if the tools of artificial intelligence can be used to identify those who are COVID-19 positive,” Raghavan explained.
The trials have been underway since last three days, reports PTI.
In the meantime, on Friday, Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka, accompanied by Raghavan, visited a testing facility in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
Malka stated that even if one of many 4 technologies succeeds in noticing the infection in less than a minute then it will be the biggest breakthrough the world has been waiting for.
To note, corona virus has killed 682,999 globally and infected 17,758,804.
Evidently, the amicable ties that India shares with Israel are helping it in the battle towards the deadly disease. This week, a special aircraft left Tel Aviv, carrying effective treatment and monitoring tools which can reduce exposure of healthcare workers to the virus.
Malka said there is an export ban in Israel, considering the pandemic however they took special permission for India.