According to The Guardian, the test can detect the virus within 24 hours after infection – a few days before the patient can infect others, and before he develops symptoms. If the test is still effective, it will give doctors 4 days more to eliminate the disease and prevent the spread of the virus.
Initially, the development was intended for use during an armed conflict. However, with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the research program was refocused on combating COVID-19. As the head of the biotechnology laboratory DARPA, Dr. Brad Ringeisen, said this innovation will fill the gap with the diagnosis of coronavirus on a global scale.