Coronavirus: Surrey hospital trust begins trial of new 10 minute COVID-19 test

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has started trials for a new test which could tell if a person has coronavirus in as little as 10 minutes.

The new test, developed by ANCON Medical, would require the patient to breathe into a mouthpiece for one minute so that a sample of the chemicals in their breath can be collected.

These chemicals are then analysed by a supercomputer and compared to those found in the breath of infected patients.

A swab test is also done to provide a cheek sample.

How long does a coronavirus test take?

The current method for testing for Covid-19 involves a swab test, after which, people have to self-isolate for up to 72 hours whilst they wait to receive their results.

If the trial is successful, it could cut the wait down to just 10 minutes and allow people to return to normal life almost immediately if they get a negative result.

If the test is proven to be effective, the new test could be rolled out quickly to testing centres, due to how simple it is to train people on how to perform the test.

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