Speed is of the essence in combatting the coronavirus pandemic, and German conglomerate Bosch is doing its bit with a new test it says will shorten the time needed to obtain result from 2.5 hours to 39 minutes.
The test uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method that detects coronavirus infections earlier than antibody tests. The novelty of the Bosch test is that it looks solely for Sars-Cov-2 rather than viruses that case other respiratory ailments. The company says it represents a significant improvement over an early version
“”It was important for us, after our first corona test, to come up with an even faster one,” said Bosch Chairman Volkmar Denner on the company website “We’re now able to give people certainty more quickly.”
The test has a sensitivity of 98 percent and a specificity of 100 percent. It can be deployed in mobile testing facilities in places like highway rest stops and airports, and is used Bosch’s Vivalytic system, which was originally developed during the AIDS pandemic.
The test was developed with the support of the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).