Corona test results within an hour: ‘genetic material copied much faster’


Over the next two weeks, a trial will start in the RAI to see whether a new corona rapid test is just as reliable as the PCR test currently used by the GGD.

Research organization TNO has perfected the rapid test in recent months. In the next two weeks, material will be collected twice from patients who want to participate in the trial. One tube is analyzed with the rapid test and the other tube with the current PCR test.

‘Just as reliable’

According to the researchers, lab tests show that the rapid test is just as reliable as the classic test, and it is also much faster and cheaper. ‘It’s a different way of how we detect the virus. As with PCR, we detect the genetic material of the virus. We copy that, but much faster, ‘explains TNO researcher Bas Keijser.

Until now, the collected material was still examined at the TNO laboratory in Zeist. But a pop-up laboratory has been set up in the Rai, where the material can be viewed immediately. The material is eventually heated in a machine to 65 degrees, after which the virus can be detected.

Bright spot

Mayor Femke Halsema, who was present at the start of the test this morning, calls the arrival of the rapid test a bright spot. ‘It allows us to find out who is infected or not. It allows people to return to work sooner if they are not infected. But you can also isolate people more quickly and you can do better research, so you know better where the sources of contamination come from. ‘

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