Test results can be obtained as soon as 45 minutes after the tests are completed.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first rapid diagnostic test for coronavirus, the results of which can be obtained in 45 minutes. This was announced on Saturday by the developer of the test-the California company Cepheid, which is engaged in developments in the field of molecular diagnostics.
In a statement, Cepheid said the company has received permission from the FDA to conduct emergency tests that will be used primarily in hospitals and emergency departments. The company plans to start shipping the tests in the hospital next week.
Previously developed testing technologies did not allow for such a fast detection time of the virus. Now, all samples of the taken tests are sent to a centralized laboratory, and the results can take several days to wait.
According to a company representative, the diagnostic test for the virus that causes COVID-19 was designed to work on any of the more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert Cepheid systems installed in medical laboratories around the world.
According to the President of Cepheid Warren Kocmond, the system is able to work around the clock. Laboratory technicians do not need to undergo special training to conduct testing, as the technology is quite simple.
The cost of the test suite is still unknown.
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