Today, the FDA has approved a point-of-care coronavirus test said to provide results in less than fifteen minutes.
The aim of the new test is to "accelerate" testing of the virus in the United States while allowing rapid results in doctors' offices. However, there is a major issue...
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The new test, given the green light today, uses the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.
via: ShutterstockAbbott Laboratories, who won the approval, says the test can deliver “positive results in as little as 5 minutes and negative results in thirteen minutes."
The FDA authorized the test for emergency use.
BREAKING: North Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories gets FDA approval to produce coronavirus tests that can show posi… https://t.co/F4ONYeOpKl— Crain's Chicago (@Crain's Chicago)1585353877.0
How does the test work?
via: ShutterstockThe technology behind the test looks for genes that are present in coronavirus, similar to PCR tests already available on the market - as per CNN.
According to Abbott, the test could be deployed “where testing is needed most," such as places considered to be coronavirus hotspots.
via: Getty ImagesMost laboratory tests for the coronavirus can take anywhere from a few hours to even days to get results, so the news of this new test is undoubtedly huge.
The test is the latest in a growing number of agency approvals for "point-of-care" diagnostic testing for the virus.
BREAKING: We’re launching a test that can detect COVID-19 in as little as 5 minutes—bringing rapid testing to the f… https://t.co/TeWkIGQNuK— Abbott (@Abbott)1585351431.0
This is GAME CHANGER. Abbott to market, starting next week, a fast point-of-care #coronavirus test, delivering posi… https://t.co/VYd9HW9gf7— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@Scott Gottlieb, MD)1585355208.0
Vice President Mike Pence has spoken about the test on Thursday's press briefing before it had been officially approved.
via: Getty ImagesHowever, concerns have been raised over the shortage of equipment used to collect samples for the tests, including masks and swabs. This is a breaking news story. More details will follow.