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    mobEVID: A Smartphone-based COVID-19 Test Recording and Monitoring System
    • Md. Shariare Satu, Lecturer Noakhali Science and Technology University
    • Other Contributors:
      • Md Asad, Lecturer
      • Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Senior Research Fellow

    Dear Sir,

    We read with great interest the article by Marietjie Venter and Karin Richter on the diagnostic assay for COVID-19 [1]. We agree with the authors about delays in diagnoses, a severe shortage of tests and laboratory capacity for performing RT-PCR tests. This is especially true for many developing countries such as Bangladesh, which is faced with current health care crises to provide healthcare for more than 165 million population. A large number of people are being tested for COVID-19 and confirmed with the disease every day in Bangladesh, and many more remain undetected due to the lack of testing. Further, the delay to receive test results and lack of medical records cause COVID-19 patients to transmit the disease in the community and hamper proper treatments.

    Prior to the COVID-19 test, several pre-conditional medical records are required to support the results. In Bangladesh, these records are generally gathered by health workers in the testing centres manually and ignoring many important symptoms and conditions. However, this
    process is tedious and prone to omission, error and bias, leading to incomplete medical records. Further, participants are required to return to the centre the next day to collect test results which might increase community transmission. To mitigate such disadvantages, we developed a
    smartphone-based RT-PCR record and monitoring app ‘mobEVID’.

    This app has been built following Novel coronavirus RT-PCR app...

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