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COVID-19: Abbott Llaunches 5-minute virus test

30/03/2020 at 10:55 PM

Chicago, March 30: Abbott Laboratories have developed an equipment which can detect COVID-19 virus within five minutes, it is small and portable and can be used in any health care centre.

As per reports John Frels, VP Abbot Diagnostics that starting 1st April they are prepared to do 50,000 tests a day. If the virus is present the procedure will take five minutes and thirteen minutes to detect the absence of virus.

The technology is based on the equipment developed in Abbott Labs, which used to detect, influenza, strep throat and respiratory syncytial virus, a bug that causes cold like symptoms.

The procedure and how it works. – The nasal or swab throat is mixed with a chemical which breaks the virus genetic material. – The mix is inserted into the Abbott equipment (Abbott ID Now). – It identifies the Corona Virus genomes ignoring the presence of other Virus. – A positive test takes about five minutes and ruling out an infection it takes thirteen minutes.

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