The Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology announced the success of a university research team in arriving at a diagnostic system for Coronavirus through a sample of the saliva of the person suspected of being infected.
Prof. Ahmed Abdel-Mawgood – Professor of Biochemistry at the Institute of Basic and Applied Sciences at E-JUST, stated that rapid diagnostic methods of Coronavirus will play a major role in identifying actual infected suspects. With the increase in infected numbers and the lack of a sufficient number of tests, researchers and doctors must develop alternative methods based on various techniques (whether those that depend on the genetic material of the virus or those that depend on the presence of antibodies to the virus in the infected human body). Prof. Abdel-Mawgood explained that the methods of detecting Coronavirus using saliva are better since they do not require taking a blood sample that may be painful for the patient, the test can be done where the patient is located – it does not need to be sent to the laboratory, and the results are very fast (may take as little as fifteen minutes). This type of diagnosis is also distinguished for not requiring any devices; the results of the analysis are known by the patient himself as he places a sample of his saliva on the designated area.
He pointed out that the test is currently being manufactured within E-JUST using the university’s own resources and the expertise of its distinguished researchers. Antibodies for the Coronavirus are to be imported from an international company and these antibodies will be sufficient to do research and development. Additionally, they will suffice in producing several thousands of tests with the aim of providing them at an affordable price within the advanced laboratories of universities benefiting from nanotechnology and precision manufacturing technology.
Prof. Abdel-Mawgood stressed in the end, that the positive results display two or three red lines while the negative result displays only one red line, whereas the absence of red lines indicates that the test was done incorrectly.