UK researchers develop new low-cost, rapid COVID-19 test that could even be used at home – TechCrunch

UK researchers develop new low-cost, rapid COVID-19 test that could even be used at home – TechCrunch

A new type of test developed by U.K. researchers from the Brunel University London, Lancaster University and the University of Surrey can provide COVID-19 detection in as little as 30 minutes using hand-held hardware that costs as little as £100 (around $120 USD) with individual swab sample kits that cost around $5 per person. The test is based on existing technology that has been used in the Philippines for testing viral spread in chickens, but it’s been adapted by researchers for use with COVID-19 in humans. The team is now working on ramping mass production.

This test would obviously need approval by local health regulatory bodies like the FDA before it goes into active use in any specific geography, but the researchers behind the project are “confident it will respond well,” and say they could even make it available for use “within a few weeks.” The hardware itself is battery-operated and connects to a smartphone application to display diagnostic results and works with nasal or throat swabs, without requiring that samples be round-tripped to a lab.

There are other tests already approved for use that use similar methods for on-site testing, including kits and machines from Cepheid and Mesa Biotech. These require expensive dedicated table-top micro-labs, however, which is installed in dedicated healthcare facilities. This test from U.K. scientists has the advantage of running on inexpensive hardware, with testing capabilities for up to six people at once, which can be deployed in doctor’s offices, hospitals and even potentially workplaces

Gold Coast Piazza goes Hand in Hand with the FSES, ‘Tithe Ethical Consumption Movement’ Handing Love to the Seniors

HONG KONG, March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the COVID-19 outbreak continues, the purchase of daily necessities were made difficult and the daily lives of Hong Kong elder citizens were immensely affected. Seeing to this, Gold Coast Piazza and the FSES ‘Tithe Ethical Consumption Movement’ curated a goodie bag for the elderlies in Tuen Mun district, sending warm blessings and love. All products inside the goodie bag were carefully selected, all were specially chosen for the elderlies.

Products for goodie bag

The goodie bags include set of vacuum handle mug and pu erh tea; a health combo with canola oil and organic red rice. The bag also includes seniors’ favorite – products of Chinese medicine and plasters. Other than that, instant soup and tea, warm Ning Bo Tong Yuen dessert, adding a hand sanitizer on top can surely bring some warmth for our elderly friends.

Thanks to the support from generous brands, including:

Siu Ning Bo

Siu Ning Bo Sesame Tong Yuen

Made with vegetable oil, production process is closely monitored to ensure hygienic product. It is well-known around the with a reputation of 60 years.


Vacuum handle mug 500ml

Keep warm and cold. No BPA, non-slip bottom silicon base can avoid slippery and scratch.

Yu Tea House

Yu Tea House Pu Erh Tea

From Yunnan, China. This puerh is expertly crafted by the hands of experienced tea masters using the spring flush from Xishuangbanna of the Yunnan Province as the the main ingredient.


How to Get Approved for a Small Business Loan

How to Get Approved for a Small Business Loan

  • Qualifying for a business loan means demonstrating your ability to pay back the loan with interest in a timely manner.
  • Bring the right documentation when applying for a loan to improve your odds of securing funding.
  • Strong personal finances will also help your case when you apply for a business loan.
  • Alternative lenders offer more flexibility in approving loan applications, but usually at a higher cost.

Applying for a small business loan can be a challenging process. Not only is it important to organize your documentation, but you must also give the lender significant transparency into your business. After that, waiting to find out whether you’ve been approved or denied for the loan can be nerve-wracking.

But exactly how hard is it to get a small business loan? The answer might depend as much on the lender as it does on your own financial circumstances.

How does a small business loan work?

The term “small business loans” can refer to a variety of products, but it most commonly describes a term loan from a financial institution such as a bank or credit union. This type of small business loan is one of the most affordable funding options available to entrepreneurs, but it requires substantial documentation and good personal and/or business finances. The upside is that they tend to be low-interest loans from trusted lending institutions.

Small business loans often range in term from one to five years, though they can extend longer in certain cases. They could be microloans of

Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and faceshields for coronavirus fight – TechCrunch

Ford, 3M, GE and the UAW to build respirators, ventilators and faceshields for coronavirus fight – TechCrunch

Ford announced the details of its current manufacturing efforts around building much-needed medical supplies for front-line healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients on Tuesday. Its efforts include building Powered Air-Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) with partner 3M, including a new design that employs existing parts from both partners to deliver effectiveness and highly-scalable production capacity.

Ford says that it’s also going to be building face shields, leaning on its 3D printing capabilities, with an anticipated production rate of over 100,000 units per week. These are key pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by frontline healthcare staff to protect them against virus-containing droplets that are spread by patients through coughing and sneezing in clinical settings. The company has designed a new face shield, which will be tested with the first 1,000 units this week at Detroit Mercy, Henry Ford Health Systems and Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospitals in Michigan to evaluate their efficacy. Provided they perform as planned, Ford anticipates scaling to building 75,000 by end of week, with 100,000 able to be made in one of the company’s Plymouth, MI production facilities each week thereafter.

The automaker is also going to be working with GE on expanding production capacity for GE Healthcare’s ventilator, with a simplified design that should allow for higher volume production. That’s part of a response to a U.S. government request for more units to support healthcare needs, the company said. On top of its U.S.-focused ventilator project with GE, Ford is also working on a separate effort to

Van Don International Airport Welcomes the Return of Thousands of Expatriates and Overseas Students

QUANG NINH, Vietnam, March 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Vietnamese who are either studying or working abroad have decided to return home in recent days. Various airports in Vietnam, including Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh, are prepared to receive the returning passengers.

VDOs staff is available 24-7 to serve flights from epidemic-stricken areas

According to the statistics from Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, from March 14 to March 19, more than 121,000 foreigners, and about 84,000 Vietnamese exited and entered Vietnam via airports and land border gates.

In the past six days (March 18-23), Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi has received around 7,500 passengers (foreigners and Vietnamese) from epidemic-stricken regions. Meanwhile, Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City has been receiving 1,300 to 1,700 people every day (statistics updated to March 19).

Since March 18, 2020, Vietnam has temporarily suspended issuance of visas for foreigners for a period of 30 days.

Besides the country’s two largest cities, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, other airports in Vietnam have also been receiving flights coming from areas adversely affected by the epidemic in recent weeks.

From February 1 to March 23, Van Don International Airport in the northeastern province of Quang Ninh has received 24 flights from epidemic-stricken regions such as Wuhan (China), South Korea, Japan and several European countries with a total of 3,526 passengers, including around 345 foreign