Did you know that swabs taken from your phone screen, instead of your nose or throat, can deliver Covid-19 virus detection accuracy levels akin to the invasive swabs? That’s exactly what a team from Diagnosis Biotech successfully pulled off, calling it – surprise, surprise – the Phone Screen Testing (PoST) method.
In fact, the Phone Screen Testing (PoST) method marked the presence of a virus on the screen more than 80% of the time which is similar to what the popular antigen lateral tests manage to pull off, but via throat and nose swabs. According to Dr Rodrigo Young:
Diagnosis Biotech has been applying this type of screenings at firms and schools in Chile to determine the method’s viability, and is working on a mobile station that can get a phone for sampling and deliver the results to its owner via a text message to avoid the physical contact part.
A mass application and, ideally, home testing kits will hopefully not be far behind. On another note – can you vividly imagine the flora and fauna that lives on your phone’s display already?