Scientists in the UK and India have jointly developed a low-cost sensor that can detect traces of the coronavirus in dirty water. This will help health officials understand the extent to which the disease has spread.
The technology, developed by Strathsideal University and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Bombay, could be used to track the widespread spread of COVID-19 in low- and middle-income countries, which are finding it difficult to conduct large-scale testing. is lying
According to the research, published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, the sensor can be used with a portable device that uses a standard polymerase chain reaction (PCR) probe to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus. goes. It does not require expensive chemicals and laboratories for time-bound quality PCR tests.
According to Dr. Andy Ward, Chancellor's Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, many low- to middle-income countries face challenges in detecting infections due to limited access to facilities needed for mass testing.
Dr. Siddhartha Tallur, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay, said that the method we have developed is not just applicable to SARS-CoV-2, it can be applied to any other virus, so it is very versatile.