An Ontario company is working on a palm-sized device that can detect if someone is infected with COVID-19 in 20 minutes.
It’s a saliva-based test that Deep Biologics of Guelph says could have practical applications at airports, schools and in the workplace.
The current test in Canada means having a long swab inserted into the back of a patient’s throat or through their nose. Samples are taken to a lab for testing, and results can take a few days.
This new test eliminates the need for the lab.
Deep Biologics hopes to begin clinical testing within three months.
Use of the device would require Health Canada approval.