By Kim Young Deok and Lee Jihae
A new test kit for COVID-19 allows a user to visually confirm within 15 minutes whether he or she is infected with the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Science and ICT and the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on July 30 said the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology utilized the combined response of an antigen and an antibody to develop a fast diagnostic technology for antigens.
If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the kit changes color in about 15 minutes, allowing the testee to visually confirm if he or she contracted the coronavirus.
The commercialization of the kit will allow cheaper and faster testing if a surge of infections occurs, thus reducing the workload of onsite hospital personnel.
Both ministries said the aim is to produce items utilizing this technology within this year.