Reliable Covid tests in less than 10 minutes via saliva and on smartphone

INFOGRAPHICS – A little saliva deposited on the port of an adapter connected to a smartphone to find out if you are positive or negative for Covid-19. This is the long-awaited test, reliable and rapid, developed by researchers from Lille.

Fast but unreliable antigenic tests, reliable but slow PCR tests … Researchers from a Lille Taskforce, created in March 2020, to coordinate and support research actions on Covid-19, bringing together in particular the CHU of Lille, the university, Inserm, the CNRS, the Institut Pasteur, as well as the University of Marseille, may have found the appropriate solution: a test combining both speed and efficiency.

Supported by European funding, they are in the process of developing a diagnosis that combines saliva and a smartphone, the reliability of which would be around 90% that of PCR tests (which is 95%).

Sensitive, fast, inexpensive and portable, this type of test could be easily deployed, in

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