US Lab Unveils Portable 5-Minute COVID-19 Test

French doctor Michael Bohbot displays a COVID-19 test kit at his office on March 25, 2020 in Ormesson-sur-Marne, a Paris suburb, on the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP
French physician Michael Bohbot shows a COVID-19 take a look at package at his workplace on March 25, 2020 in Ormesson-sur-Marne, a Paris suburb, on the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France geared toward curbing the unfold of the COVID-19 an infection, attributable to the novel coronavirus. PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP

 

A US-based lab has unveiled a transportable take a look at that may inform if somebody has COVID-19 in as little as 5 minutes, it stated in an announcement Friday.

Abbot Laboratories stated the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had given it emergency authorization to start making the take a look at obtainable to healthcare suppliers as early as subsequent week.

The take a look at, which is the scale of a small toaster and makes use of molecular know-how, additionally reveals detrimental outcomes inside 13 minutes, the corporate stated in a press assertion.

“The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus,” stated Abbot president and chief working officer Robert Ford.

The take a look at’s small dimension means it may be deployed exterior the “traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots,” Ford stated, and Abbott is working with the FDA to ship it to virus epicenters.

The take a look at has not been cleared or authorised by the FDA, and has solely been approved for emergency use by authorised labs and healthcare suppliers, the corporate stated.

 

AFP

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