How Smartphones will be Used for Detecting COVID-19 Infections

Unfortunately, plenty of countries around the world are complaining about not having enough testing kits for the population when it comes to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The disease cannot be taken lightly, although the number of infections is facing a significant downfall throughout the world, and scientists keep trying to find new ways to fight the virus.

A team of researchers from the University of Utah is working on a project that will make the detecting of the virus a lot easier. This implies a device connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth, and it shall use a similar technology that was used for detecting the Zika virus.

Only an inch wide

Even though the prototype is very small (only about an inch wide), it shall be capable of great stuff. The device gets its power from the charging port. After placing a microscopic particle of saliva onto it by sneezing, blowing, coughing, or simply breathing, you will get the result if the person is infected with COVID-19 or not. Users could also test for the new coronavirus on an object’s surface by simply brushing it and then placing the sample on the sensor.

If the clinical trials for the new device will be successful, the sensor will become available to the public in August. The cost of such a useful gadget is significantly low, as it is worth only about $50. By paying such an amount you’ll get to use the device as long as you wish. It can be used more than once for testing a person suspected of COVID-19 infection, as the powerful gadget has the ability to destroy the previous samples permanently.

Fighting an enemy is hard enough, but the battle becomes a lot more difficult when there’s an invisible enemy involved. However, the good must prevail sooner or later.


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