Rapid COVID-19 screening test made in Israel to be used in key European airports
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Rapid COVID-19 screening test made in Israel to be used in key European airports

Virusight Diagnostic's test involves gargling with a small amount of special mouthwash and spitting it into a test tube.

Working at the laboratory
Working at the laboratory

A rapid COVID-19 screening test developed in Israel will be used to screen passengers in several European airports.

The test involves gargling with a small amount of special mouthwash and spitting it into a test tube.

Virusight Diagnostic, a newly formed Artificial Intelligence health care venture between Sheba Medical Centre’s ARC Innovation Center and Newsight Imaging, has signed a strategic letter of intent for rapid screening of airline passengers with ICTS Europe, a security provider at major airports in 23 countries, Newsight announced in a statement on its website.

A trial of the test last month involving some 400 people at Sheba showed about 95% accuracy.

“Tests will be immediate, affordable and monitored, so that airports and airlines can optimise the level of safety by mitigating the risk of COVID-19 infection,” the statement said.

In the pilot phase at the airports, those who test positive for the coronavirus will have to take the regular swab test, The Times of Israel reported.

The gargle test uses SpectraLIT, Newsight Imaging’s portable and accurate spectral analysis device, to determine the presence of the COVID-19 virus.

read more:
comments