The scientists of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) have developed a do-it-yourself 'Saline Gargle RT-PCR Method' for testing COVID-19 samples. The instant, comfortable and patient-friendly testing method will generate the results within three hours.
The simple and fast method of swab collection and processing for the RT-PCR coronavirus test has been approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
The existing swab collection method requires time and since it is an invasive technique, it is a bit uncomfortable for patients, said Krishna Khairnar, senior scientist, Environmental Virology Cell at NEERI. The Nagpur-based NEERI is a constituent laboratory of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).