A £ 40 coronavirus test that sends results to your phone in just over an hour could be sold in the UK within a few weeks, according to a report.
Regulators have paved the way for the DnaNudge test to go on sale across the country after giving the green light.
The nostril smear, which can be performed at home, can tell if someone does not have Covid-19 or if a sample was not taken correctly.
This means that it does not yield false negatives.
A cotton swab is placed in a ‘cartridge’ which is then placed in a ‘nudge box’, which analyzes it and sends the results to your phone within 75 minutes.
The rapid results are a dramatic improvement on current waiting times, which can take up to 72 hours with current tests because they have to be sent to laboratories.
British people will soon be able to buy the test amid plans to produce 300,000 a month, with delivery drivers delivering them at home, the Sun reports.
It is believed that companies will use the test to get staff back to work.
Professor Chris Toumazou of Imperial College London, who developed the DnaNudge test, explained how the test works.
He told CGTN : “Take a cotton swab, maybe a quick nasal swab … this will go into the cartridge.
“This goes into our nudge box … you close the box and within a little over an hour the results will be on your phone.”
The test, based on the design of a DNA test developed at Imperial College London, was approved for clinical use by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in late April after successful trials.
It is being rolled out in cancer, accident and emergency departments and maternity wards as a prelude to a potentially wider application.
The government placed an initial order of 10,000 DnaNudge cartridges in March and has since purchased another 70,000.
The price of the disposable cartridge tests is around £ 40.
Professor Toumazou said, “It is effectively a laboratory in a cartridge.
“The key is that with this test you go directly from a saliva change or a nasal swab into the cartridge without transport and without a laboratory.
“You can even look at such small fragments of the RNA (ribonucleic acid) that you can check whether a patient is getting out or entering Covid.”
It is currently being rolled out in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, West Middlesex University Hospital, St Mary’s and in Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital.
Dr. Gary Davies, hospital medical director at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, added, “This test works and is more sensitive than some laboratory tests.”