March 23, 2020 | Number of The Day
Minutes needed for new high-speed COVID-19 test to deliver results

A Rutgers research team has completed the first evaluation of a rapid COVID-19 test given emergency approval by the FDA. The test, which delivers results in as little as 45 minutes, will be available next week.

Conventional coronavirus tests are sent to a centralized lab and results can take from one to five days.

Rapid testing will be a game-changer in the fight against COVID-19, speeding crucial medical decisions, including how to triage patients, when to isolate and how to treat. Additionally, as the world continues to manage COVID-19 in the coming years, the test could potentially be used in doctor’s offices, clinics and even mobile units to help detect small outbreaks of the disease before large-scale outbreaks reoccur.

David Alland, director of the Public Health Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, led the research team that assessed the test, which was developed by CEPHEID, a U.S. molecular diagnostics company.

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