Kansas researchers work to develop at-home rapid COVID test
Coronavirus testing could soon get easier in Kansas as researchers at the University of Kansas are developing a new rapid at-home COVID-19 test kit.
It's almost like a home pregnancy test, a test that researchers at the University of Kansas are working hard to develop, not for expecting parents but rather than novel virus. Covad, 19. And it all started with a small plastic chip that was initially developed for cancer studies. But it was so it was really easy for us, Thio modify it to this, this imaged, coy pandemic because it came all of a sudden. But then we had the resource. Is Thio, um, re program our work? You basically spit in the chip, and then the saliva is processed directly in the chip, and then you'll get a nan answer whether you're infected or not. University of Kansas professor Stephen Super says the saliva test can be taken from home and results take about 15 minutes. You could test yourself continuously instead of having to go like to testing centers or the hospital, the team of researchers say. While they had to quickly adapt to changes in the lab environment, like wearing PPE and keeping 6 ft distance, being a part of this project is giving them much more because of the pandemic. I was thinking about joining the lab in Cupid. It is now the drink control, so now it makes me feel like I got a lot more motivation now to work in it. I think that's what keeps us going, um, like working in this project because we feel that there's a we have a purpose of doing it. Professor Super says the tests are being used at the K U Med Center on patient samples, and he's hoping the first at home test will be ready early next year.