This new coronavirus test will give results on the spot within 20 minutes
New rapid test that tells users within 20 minutes if they have contracted the coronavirus is being tested in the UK
If successful, other countries, including the United States, could use the new COVID-19 LAMP assay test developed by Optigene, a UK-based manufacturer.
It comes just days after the Trump administration promoted a similar test performed by US pharmaceutical giant Abbott Laboratories ABT,
as a key factor in controlling the epidemic in the United States
However, the United States Food and Drug Administration subsequently cautioned the public about the reliability of the Abbott ID NOW test, warning, “We are still evaluating the information on inaccurate results and are in direct communication with Abbott about the test. of this important question. “
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In a day of major announcements on Thursday, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said he also ordered 10 million antibody tests Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche Diagnostics RO,
But he warned it was too early to say whether the presence of antibodies means that citizens will be immune to the virus.
Hancock said: “Innovative science has its risks – a lot of projects don’t come to fruition. But it’s worth saving things before you know if they’re going to work. I’m not apologizing for that. “
Tests of the new rapid coronavirus test returning results in 20 minutes started Thursday in Hampshire, southern England.
Receiving results instantly, without the need to send test samples to a lab for processing, will mean people with symptoms will have the immediate certainty of knowing if they have the virus. This means that they can quickly follow the advice to stay home if they are positive or are free to return to work.
The test was effective in a clinical setting.
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Up to 4,000 people will participate in the pilot project, which will last up to six weeks. It will be run by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Trained healthcare professionals will take a swab and process the results on site.
Hancock said: “This new test could provide accurate results almost on the spot. This will allow health and care workers to continue their shifts or self-isolate immediately on the same day, and could potentially provide the same benefit to the whole country.
“It could change the way we control COVID-19 across the country, bringing back those with negative results back into society as quickly as possible. “
Separate antibody testing is a priority for health workers. So far, ten million tests have been obtained with companies such as Roche and Abbott Labs, and the government has said they will be rolled out over the next few months, with more deals being negotiated with vendors to deliver tests. million antibody tests in the lab.
Hancock said: “A positive test result for antibodies, regardless of which test is used, does not currently mean that the person tested is immune to COVID-19. There is also no strong evidence that the presence of antibodies means that someone cannot be re-infected with the virus or will not pass it on to someone else. If a person tests positive, they should still follow social distancing measures and proper use of PPE. “
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