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Doctors will soon be able to quickly tell if a patient has Covid, flu or just a common cold using a form of facial recognition technology.
Oxford University scientists have created a way to identify the virus responsible for an illness by capitalising on the fact that each has a characteristic outline.
It involves submerging a patient's mouth swab in a liquid that forms a fluorescent coating around any bugs present.
This liquid is placed under a microscope and scanned. Artificial intelligence (AI) software is then used to study the outlines on the scan and classify the pathogens, giving a highly accurate result in just a few minutes.
Last night Pictura Bio, the firm behind the invention, said it had the potential to revolutionise care for people with a wide variety of ailments – from coughs and colds to urinary tract infections, and even different strains of Covid.
Doctors will soon be able to quickly tell if a patient has Covid, flu or just a common cold using a form of facial recognition technology. Pictured: : The machine prototype by Pictura Bio
Alex Batchelor, its chief executive, also said it would give doctors the ability to tell if a patient was suffering from a bacterial or a