David Reegan is CEO of Sona Nanotech Lab and says the test consists of administering a nasal swab which is then placed in a tube of solution. He says a sample of that is then placed in a lateral flow test, and results appear in 15 minutes.
Reegan compared it to a pregnancy test, and tells News 95.7’s the Rick Howe Show, the power of the test is that it can pick up the virus even when someone is not showing symptoms.
“In the case of a pregnancy test of course you are looking for certain hormones which are easy to find in the case of a pregnancy,” he says. “But what we are looking for is a virus which is very difficult to find much smaller particles.”
“It’s being done a quickly as possible,” he says. “Typically something like this takes a year in normal context. Right now we are hopeful it can be very soon.”
The test was created based on research out of St. Francis Xavier University and brought to fruition over the last nine months.
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