FDA Authorizes New Test That Detects Coronavirus In About 45 Minutes. To Be Shipped in A Week
The coronavirus is raging through the US and if some experts are to be believed, things could get worse with the current figure now at 26,900 cases as of March 21st 2020. But as recent history of virus pandemics have shown us, human resilience does prevail and now too, it will as scientists work round the clock researching the coronavirus new strain or SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID 19. Already in the US a human trial has begun for vaccine being developed against the virus. But that being as it is, now scientists have also formulated a new test that has got FDA approval to detect the virus in just 45 minutes.
1A new test that could diagnose coronavirus in 45 minutes
The US Food and Drug Administration announced it has authorized the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the novel coronavirus in approximately 45 minutes. The FDA authorized the test last Friday and shipping of diagnostic kits will commence in a week as per a statement released by the Cepheid, the company manufacturing the kit and based in California.
2It could increase time taken to quarantine positive cases
The company has formulated the diagnostic test which could do much to increase the pace and limit the time taken to quarantine people positive with COVID-19. Dr. David Persing MD, PH. D, Chief Medical and Technology Officer are Cepheid said in a statement-“During this time of increased demand for hospital services, Clinicians urgently need an on-demand diagnostic test for real-time management of patients being evaluated for admission to health-care facilities.”
3Doctors feel faster tests can be crucial in combating the disease
The doctor explained that an accurate test that can be delivered to patients faster can be transformative and decrease the pressure that the virus has placed on healthcare officials throughout the country. He said, “An accurate test delivered close to the patient can be transformative — and help alleviate the pressure that the emergence of the 2019-nCoV outbreak has put on healthcare facilities that need to properly allocate their respiratory isolation resources.”