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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Researchers are developing a new, rapid COVID-19 test that connects to your smartphone to reveal results at home.

Ever since the pandemic began, researchers in France have been working on a way to test for COVID-19 quickly and accurately.

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“Since March, we try to develop a portable device everybody can use at home,” said University of Lille Professor Sabine Szunerits.

The research at the French university started, oddly enough, with camels, llamas and alpacas.

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Scientists took tiny antibody particles from the animals called nanobodies. After some complicated science, they produced a device that plugs into a smartphone. A nasal or saliva swab is placed onto a strip and if nanobodies come into contact with the virus, the test will know it.

“You start your mobile phone, a signal will occur, and depending on the height of the signal, you can say if you’re COVID positive or negative,” said Professor Szunerits.

Researchers said initial trials on 300 samples were 90% accurate and delivered in 10 minutes. The next phase of the project is to run a three-month trial on more than 1,000 people.

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Creators of the CorDial-1 test say if it receives approval, it’ll be cheap once manufacturing begins on a large scale.

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COVID In Colorado: Debate Over Colorado Students Opting Out Of Standardized Testing

DENVER (CBS4) – The deadline to opt-out of CMAS testing for Denver Public Schools is this Friday, and it has many still divided over what to do.

“I personally opted my 3rd and 4th grader out this year, I probably will not do that next year,” Amy Bergner said.

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By now some have already made up their mind, and that means a percentage of kids will not be taking the test,  Bergner also happens to be a DPS elementary teacher.

“It’s the whole assumption that we’re not doing any testing, and of course we are, we have unit tests, we have term test, we have all of that data,” she said.

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In 2020 the test was canceled because of the pandemic, this year students may opt-out, but the federal government has said it cannot be canceled.  Those on the opposing side think standardized would be just an additional tool, possibly to gauge how far students have fallen behind, they also say, there’s not much to lose.

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“We were delayed in getting back to school, we’re on a shortened school day, we were back in school for a little bit of time then sent back home, we want to use our time with students teaching them, not testing them,” Bergner added.

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The tests currently require students to come to school for the test regardless of remote learning status. It will be up to each school to decide what to assign students to do if they opt-out, according to DPS.

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