Adhesive bandage with nanoparticles tests for COVID-19

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NYU Abu Dhabi researchers say they have a new rapid COVID-19 testing method using an adhesive bandage.

This bandage uses gold nanoparticles to quickly detect the immune antibodies in the bloodstream. SARS-CoV-2 infection naturally produces these antibodies, known as IgM and IgG. They serve as valuable biomarkers to identify infected individuals and monitor the spread of pandemics.

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering Mohammad Qasaimeh led the NYU Abu Dhabi research team. They had their work published in a paper in the journal Microsystems and Nanoengineering.

“Our goal is to contribute to improved diagnostics and help individuals with their health management, ultimately enhancing our ability to combat and control infectious diseases on a global scale,” said Imen Boumar, one of the first authors of the study and a former research ass…

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