Ali Al-Shehri, a graduate from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), who is presently on a doctoral scholarship at the University of California, has invented an innovative yet affordable device to test for COVID-19.
According to Grazia ME, Ali created a device similar to that of a breathalyser which provides results in a matter of 10 minutes. He explained, “I was trying to find an effective way to collect water from air for the purpose of desalination, using an unusual way to extract water by condensing it on a treated surface and in large quantities compared to currently used technologies.”
The remarkable device operates like a breathalyser and is divided into two parts. In order for it to work, an individual must breathe into the device for one minute. One part of the device gathers liquid samples of the virus while the second withholds light radiation that detects if the live virus is present. If the virus is present, the fluorescent genetic marker will illuminate. The tool is ideal for indoor use, which means it could be an excellent solution for airports, hospitals and schools.
The Saudi student along with his supervisor, Professor Pirouz Kavepour, approximate that the final prototype will be available before 2021.
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