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One-Step Rapid Quantification of SARS-CoV-2 Virus Particles via Low-Cost Nanoplasmonic Sensors in Generic Microplate Reader and Point-of-Care Device

By Liping Huang, Longfei Ding, Jun Zhou, Shuiliang Chen, Fang Chen, Chen Zhao, Yiyi Zhang, Jianqing Xu, Wenjun Hu, Jiansong Ji, Hao Xu, Gang L. Liu

Posted 10 Jun 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.06.09.142372 (published DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2020.112685)

The spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the ongoing global pandemics has led to infections of millions of people and losses of many lives. The rapid, accurate and convenient SARS-CoV-2 virus detection is crucial for controlling and stopping the pandemics. Diagnosis of patients in the early stage infection are so far limited to viral nucleic acid or antigen detection in human nasopharyngeal swab or saliva samples. Here we developed a method for rapid and direct optical measurement of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles in one step nearly without any sample preparation using a spike protein specific nanoplasmonic resonance sensor. We demonstrate that we can detect as few as 30 virus particles in one step within 15 minutes and can quantify the virus concentration linearly in the range of 103 vp/ml to 106 vp/ml. Measurements shown on both generic microplate reader and a handheld smartphone connected device suggest that our low-cost and rapid detection method may be adopted quickly under both regular clinical environment and resource-limited settings. ### Competing Interest Statement The authors have declared no competing interest.

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