New COVID-19 test by IMTM draws global attention

Published 4 January 2021

Institute Palacký University, Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine (IMTM)

Scientists from an EATRIS institute – the Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic have developed a self-test that involves gargling tap water. This is a pleasant alternative to the current method of nose-swab testing.

Euronews reports that Marian Hajduch, director of the university’s institute of molecular and translational medicine, said: “The test tube contains a powder which helps to stabilise the virus for several days at normal room temperature. This is the main difference from other COVID-19 tests, where the samples have to be transported and kept at cold temperatures.”

For more on this innovative test please see the news segment by Euronews on 17 December 2020:

Euronews segment (17 December 2020)
Palacky University of Olomouc news piece.