Healthcare giants join hands to counter the pandemic and create smart app-based coronavirus self-testing kits.
Earth stands still due to COVID-19. Coronavirus has wrecked the world-economy and claimed innocent lives. Its effect on countries like Italy and Spain was horrible beyond contest. But it got much worse for the USA. The so-called “HOAX’ by President Trump is now ripping apart the nation. The total number of cases in America is close to 1 million which is one-third of the worldwide COVID-19 cases.
Highlights! App-based Coronavirus self-testing coming soon?
- Self-testing to be made easy through smart-phones.
- How does it work?
- When to expect the final product?
Sanofi, a healthcare giant has come forward to solve this problem. Sanofi along with a startup Luminostics is working on creating a coronavirus self-testing kit that can be used by everyone at home. Luminostics is known for its innovations in healthcare through applications of technology while Sanofi is a global leader in healthcare.
An insight into the science behind app-based testing
Together, the firms are working on adaptor which will attach to a smart-phone camera. The adaptor is filled with chemicals that will glow if suspected particles are found in the sample. It examines the molecules in the respiratory swab and alarms the user if something identical to novel coronavirus is found. It’s a blend of nano-technology and Artificial intelligence.
Low cost, durable and re-usable devices paired with an IOS/Android app will make smart-phones an effective coronavirus self-testing kit. This will provide a clear picture of the total number of cases and the hotspots of the virus. But it’s not that easy as it sounds because the product is still not ready.
Timeline for end of global lockdowns
According to the reports, the companies proceed with the development work in the coming weeks and if the product showed expected results, they will discuss the agreement over manufacturing. Sanofi hasn’t disclosed the financial details yet.
Sanofi aims to launch this app-based self testing kit by the end of 2020.
Though death rate due to corona-virus is low, it can’t be controlled completely without knowing the actual number of patients. With no F.D.A approved kits and self-test measures, Sanofi and Luminostics have a huge responsibility of delivering coronavirus self-testing kit.
With no proven vaccination against COVID-19. Social –distancing is the only measure that can be taken to counter this pandemic. Harvard states that this is the new ‘normal’ till 2020. However, for the economy to get back to normal, constant widespread identification of community spread is necessary. App-based COVID-19 self-test promises to be that elixir to help end the widespread economic lockdown in the US and around the globe.