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Purdue researches working to develop COVID-19 diagnostics

Researchers at Purdue are working to develop diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to fight the virus.

Posted: Apr 11, 2020 3:21 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Researchers at Purdue are looking for solutions as the number of COVID-19 continues to rise.

They are working to develop diagnostic and therapeutic solutions to fight the virus.

According to Thomas Sors, Assistant Director of Purdue's Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, one method researchers have created is paper-based detection.

"We're talking about really inexpensive and field deployable solutions that can help us understand what is the level of infection?” said Sors.

The tests can quickly determine if a person is infected or not.

Sors said the tests could even be used at home.

"You might have a color change or very similar to the pregnancy test, you would see a double line if you were infected or not,” said Sors.

According to Brooke Beier with Purdue's Office of Technology Commercialization, work is also being done outside of diagnostics.

"We've seen things related to telemedicine and improving working remotely more efficiently. So it's really coming at it from all angles,” said Beier.

Sors says these types of developments will make a difference, but everyone still needs to play their part to stop the spread.

"Pay attention to the guidance. Stay home to not expose yourself to others and not expose others to yourself,” said Sors.
And Beier hopes these new technologies will make a difference.

"Our main goal is to improve the world with Purdue technologies,” said Beier.

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