Scientists at the University of Surrey have found a new way to diagnose coronavirus. To do this, take a sample of sebum from the human body using a gauze swab.
In a pilot study, sebum samples were taken from 67 hospitalized patients. The PCR test and the new method revealed the same number of patients.
How it works?
In patients with coronavirus, metabolism is disrupted, including the production of sebum. Lipid levels are noticeably lower than in healthy people. But also when testing, it is worth considering concomitant diseases that can affect the work of the sebaceous glands.
The test is very simple and painless, which is also important. Scientists said that in the future it may be considered as an alternative to the conventional PCR test.