New soft, flexible nose swabs to aid better Kovid testing

New soft, flexible nose swabs to aid better Kovid testing

New York: Q-tip cotton swab inserted into your nose to detect the presence of Kovid-19 infection is a pain and not a pleasant experience. Now, which may soon become history with a new swab made of thinner, not only hair structures on the nose, but also easier to rapidly absorb and release samples.
The new swab named Instaswab was developed by Jeffie Oue, a doctoral researcher of the 3D printing system at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in the US. It is developed using a flexible polymer structure and a highly absorbent tip made of a small woven mesh.
Instaswabs have perforated microstructures within their heads that are designed to collect and retain fluid. It can release fluid quickly when it enters a test vial – 20 times the amount of bacteria compared to a traditional Q-tip-like cotton swab.
This is important, as more samples increase the sensitivity of the tests, especially faster tests, according to ou.
The traditional nose swab is made from cotton, polyester, or foam and has a handle made of wood, rolled paper, or plastic. Although they are easy and cheap to manufacture but are not comfortable when used.
“The swab needs to be soft, flexible, the structures at the tip need to be very complex. That’s what we do,” Oi said.
The small woven latte within Instaswab helps to easily absorb and release more fluid than traditional swabs.
InstaSwabs is manufactured by Opt Industries, which is installed by Ou, using an additive manufacturing process. The company is currently producing 80,000 swabs, and is building new versions of its machines that can produce products even more quickly, Au said.

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