♦ A research team from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine invented SPOT
♦ In thirty minutes, the SPOT provides COVID-19 test results. The cost of the equipment is $78.
♦ In addition, the cost of these reagents and other test equipment is estimated to be 6 to 7 dollars.
♦ Anyone with a minimal amount of training can use the equipment.
♦ The test is very similar to RT-PCR. However, Reverse Transcriptase Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification is used (RT-LAMP).
♦ However, it does not require complex machinery or expertise. It can be done quickly and more accurately.