Beyond watching YouTube, sharing Instagram photos or reading the latest Twitter updates, smartphone users may be able to use their handheld devices to I.D. COVID-19 in the coming months. An international tandem is working on phone-linked device and interrelated app to allow users to test for the virus at home.
According to reports in the Financial Times, Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company, will team up with Silicon Valley start-up Luminostics to develop a coronavirus test package potential patients could do themselves anywhere using a special add-on plugged into any brand of smartphone. Analytical software via an app would conduct the test and report results.
During the Coronavirus crisis so far, smartphones were put to use calling out of lockdown or tracking the infected. Now, this new hardware/software mix could make long lines at testing centers unnecessary.