New app developed that can detect the flu and COVID-19 in users

A new smartphone app has been created by a team from the University of California Santa Barbara to diagnose COVID-19 and the flu.

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Published Sat, Jan 29 2022 2:00 AM CST   |   Updated Thu, Feb 24 2022 4:41 AM CST

A study has been published on the new app in the journal JAMA Network Open.

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The app was developed by a research team from the University of California Santa Barbara, which uses a smartphone camera in conjunction with a diagnostic kit to accurately diagnose COVID-19 and flu virus infections. The app and methodology are freely available, and the app can achieve a diagnosis within 25 minutes.

"As new COVID variants emerge globally, testing and detection remain essential to pandemic control efforts. Nearly half the world's population has a smartphone, and we believe that this holds exciting potential to provide fair and equal access to precision diagnostic medicine," said lead author Michael Mahan.

The process is termed smaRT-LAMP, and uses a small volume of a patient's saliva with the diagnostic kit, which is then analyzed using the smartphone camera. The LAMP tests match the sensitivity and accuracy of PCR tests, but in a fraction of the time and with much less cost.

"SmaRT-LAMP can detect COVID-19 and can be readily modified to detect novel CoV-2 variants and other pathogens with pandemic potential, including influenza," said Charles Samuel of UC Santa Barbara.

"We hope technologies like this offer new ways of bringing state-of-the-art diagnostics to underserved and vulnerable populations," said David Low of UC Santa Barbara.

You can read more from the study here.

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