Technion invents rapid, simple COVID-19 test for work and home (Jerusalem Post, January 2021)
A new COVID-19 test developed by the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, which offers multiple results in under one hour, will be included in a novel four-layer approach meant to ensure that the Haifa-based institute of higher learning will be as safe as possible for all who study and work there during the pandemic, a press release said.
Created by Prof. Naama Geva-Zatorsky, the NaorCov19 test requires a saliva sample which is then heated. If the sample remains pink, it is virus free; if it turns yellow, the patient has the virus. Users can leave samples, record having done so via their phones, and be informed as soon as results are in as they go on with their workday.
The test is currently being commercialized by Rapid Diagnostic Systems Ltd, which also gave it the name Naor.
“Living alongside COVID-19 is an enormous challenge for all the population,” Technion president Prof. Uri Sivan said, expressing his hope that the means invented by Technion researchers will be used across the country.
[Originally published at: https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/technion-invents-rapid-simple-covid-19-test-for-work-and-home-655166]