A blog about viruses in general and Coronavirus (CoV), COV-19, and SARS-CoV-2 in particular. I hope to make this a collection of blogs that reference useful information about the virus and dealing with it over a long period of time.
Chai makes a personal open source real-time qPCR system. There single channel model is $4500 and the dual channel model is $6500. The system can be used to detect coronavirus on surfaces and is described in a short video.
Opentrons builds bio robots and posted a blog on Testing for COVID-19 with Opentrons that describes how to test for the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and how to build a high throughput testing system for the virus. The plan shows how to build up a system to test 1 million samples by the end of June using 10 labs testing 100,000 samples per week).
Robot system: source Opentrons
Testing ramp to 1 million samples: source Opentrons
The OpenCovid19 Initiative is a program is to collectively develop open-source and low-cost tools and methodologies that are safe and easy to use to fight the Covid19 Pandemic. The project originates from the non-profit Just One Giant Lab (JOGL) headquartered in Paris, France in connection with the Community Bio Initiative at MIT MediaLab and the Open Source Pharma Foundation.
The Wikipedia Crononavirus (CoV) page is a wonderful introduction to virus and is a good place to learn about the name, family of viruses, and the diseases they cause like COVID-19 that were are presently confronted with.
Source: Wikipedia via Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS CDC.