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The Race for COVID-19 Solutions

The Race for COVID-19 Solutions

New tests, masks, and ventilators developed this month may help fight the pandemic.


A newly designed non-invasive ventilator.

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Lawson Health Research Institute

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 17:45

Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator

(Inside Science) -- Around the world, people in medical and engineering laboratories are working tirelessly to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To alleviate widespread shortages of effective tests, masks and ventilators, researchers and engineers have rushed to develop novel technologies that healthcare professionals may be able to use. We feature some of the newest designs this month.


This is Professor Gabby Sarusi from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, demonstrating a breath test. He and his team at the university’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering developed a one-minute electro-optical test for nose, throat or breath samples that will identify people infected with the novel coronavirus. The test is projected to cost approximately $50 and requires no lab environment, which could make it suitable to use in many public places like airports, stadiums, and of course healthcare facilities. The researchers report that their test is more than 90% accurate. (Ben-Gurion University)

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Abigail Malate is a graphic designer at the American Institute of Physics, which produces the editorially independent news service Inside Science.