Engineering prof developing at-home COVID spit test

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A researcher at Waterloo Engineering is co-leader of a project to develop an at-home COVID-19 test that could produce results in less than 20 minutes using saliva.

Sushanta Mitra, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, is heading the effort with Juewen Liu, a chemistry professor at the University of Waterloo.

“Right now, COVID tests can take two to three business days to come back, and we know that’s too long,” Mitra said. “This test will provide an immediate positive or negative so that folks who are infected can isolate immediately.”

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