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THAILAND USES ARMPIT SWEAT TO TEST FOR COVID-19 WITH NEW DEVICE

Thai researchers are currently into developing a new mobile test kit which uses armpit sweat to test for Covid-19 infection.

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They have started testing the kit on shopkeepers at a Bangkok food market.

A researcher has also said that people with Covid-19 infection discrete sweat with certain chemicals when he went through the samples.

The researcher also said that the test is 95% accurate and hopes that the test kit will be successful and able to roll out as an alternative that is more affordable as compared to the more expensive swab tests that requires lab processing.

Test process

A cotton swab is first placed under the arm for 15 minutes, and the swab is then put into a glass vial and sterilised with UV rays.

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An appropriate amount of the sample is drawn using a suction hose and it is pressurised into an analyser to check the results.

The amount of time taken for sample collection is 15 minutes and results will be out in 30 seconds.

Vendors that tried the test kit praised its efficiency and said that it is more pleasant than the current polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing where the nostrils are swabbed instead.

The test kit is still under development as of today.

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