First ever universal coronavirus test developed, can identify all known human strains – Study Finds

Researchers say the new test shows 98 percent accuracy regarding both specificity and sensitivity. Coronavirus immune signatures appear in the body days after infection and linger for around six to seven months post-recovery. “This work will allow us and others to build inexpensive, easy-to-use blood tests that can provide data for exposure as well as immunity,” says study author Nischay Mishra, PhD, a Columbia assistant professor of epidemiology, in a university release. “This work with our colleagues at SunYat-Sen, led by Professor Jiahai Lu, and with Nimble Therapeutics, underscores the importance to public health of global collaboration and partnerships with industry in addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” adds senior and corresponding author W. Ian Lipkin, MD.

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