According to The Asahi Shimbun, the old saying about safety in numbers couldn't be more true when it comes to ensuring that testing for the novel coronavirus is done in a manner that does not expose medical professionals to the risk of infection.
Researchers here say they have developed a safer and quicker way to show if a patient tests positive for the virus.
A research team headed by Kazuhito Tomizawa, a professor of molecular physiology at Kumamoto University’s Faculty of Life Sciences, said it had completed a test method that relied on blood and urine samples rather than nasal swipes.
As infectious strains of the virus are absent from blood and urine, the test is expected to lower the risk of health care providers becoming infected compared with traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) solutions.
The testing developed by Tomizawa and his colleagues takes advantage of a substance known as modified nucleoside in blood and urinary samples to detect the virus.
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