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Not enough COVID-19 tests? No problem, we'll make them!
Not enough COVID-19 tests? No problem, we’ll make some!
When the coronavirus first transformed from a weird respiratory disease centered in Wuhan, China to a global pandemic, no one was really prepared. Worldwide, no one had enough masks, personal protective gear and definitely — not enough tests.
The problem was especially acute in places like Norway, a small country that had to compete on a global market to get anything and everything.
What happened when a molecular biologist, some engineers and a couple of PhDs and postdocs put their heads together to design a completely different kind of coronavirus test — and how it changed lives in India, Denmark and Nepal. This last country was given coronavirus tests as NTNU’s annual Christmas gift, in coordination with a volunteer organization called NepalimedNorway.
There's a transcript for today's show here.
You can read more in detail about the tests here: https://www.ntnu.edu/ntnu-covid-19-test
And here is a list of articles from NTNU and SINTEF’s online research magazine, Norwegian SciTech News: