Health & Nutrition
Stopping the Pandemic with Mobile COVID-19 Tests
Our novel antigen test is a unique tool to stop the spreading of SARS-CoV-2 and to decrease mortality and the high economic burden caused by pandemic diseases.
The current pandemic outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is demonstrating the vulnerability of our globalized society for such threats. Governments around the globe were forced to implement counter measures that put a high burden on public life and our economy in order to prevent the collapse of healthcare systems and the death of thousands of patients. One of the main reasons such measures were needed are the inadequacies of our current disease detection system. State-of-the-art systems, while very accurate, are too slow and too expensive to effectively detect infected subjects and help prevent the spread of a pandemic disease.
The paradigm to wait until symptoms appear before people are tested in centralized facilities is fundamentally flawed to fight pandemic infectious diseases. SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by patients long before symptoms appear or even by asymptomatic patients. Thus, the best way to stop pandemic infectious diseases before a vaccine is available, is a new type of test that is mobile, fast, cheap, lab-independent and accurate. The possibility to test large parts of the population at home, avoiding high costs and high strain for the healthcare system, will significantly contribute to immediate containment of such diseases and prevention of the loss of lives, without the need for counter measures that cause large economic damage such as ones we are currently experiencing.