One of the major challenges that the world, especially a country like Nigerian has faced during this health crisis is the time it takes to get results back. At the fastest, when a person’s sample is taken out to be tested, the results get back 3 days later, while in other cases may take longer than a week or more, considering that the number of tests being done on a daily basis has increased rapidly lately. This relative issue across the countries of the globe is, however, about to change.
Just a couple of days back, a new COVID-19 test kit that can return test results in fewer than five minutes was approved for emergency use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The test kit is from Abbott- a medical device company and can be run in a doctor’s office, emergency room or urgent care clinic, as opposed to being sent to a central lab for analysis. And would, of course, cut down on the days-long wait time patients have been facing for test results since the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.
The test uses Abbott’s small, portable ID NOW platform. Doctors could take a swab from a patient’s nose or throat and insert it directly into the machine and have results within 15 minutes or even 13 minutes if the sample is negative for the virus.
“With rapid testing on ID NOW, healthcare providers can perform molecular point-of-care testing outside the traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots,” said Robert B. Ford, president, and chief operating officer of Abbott, in a press release.