FDA Approves 5 Minute Coronavirus Test
Abbot Labs has created a COVID-19 test that will provide results in as little as five minutes. Abbot executive made the announcement,
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.
This comes amid harsh criticisms against the US for its slow response to the virus. Due to lack of testing supplies, the government only allowed high-risk groups with symptoms, and healthcare workers with symptoms to test. Despite the limits on testing, the US currently has the highest amount of confirmed cases in the world.
Earlier this month, other companies created new tests with wait times as short as a day, and they are already in use around the country. This new test is expected to be utilized by next week. Abbot announced that they will have over 50,000 kits available by the end of next week. This is essential since in order to lower the amount of cases, the first step is to know who has the virus.