FDA approves Abbott Labs’ 5-minute coronavirus test


Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health care setting.

The medical-device maker plans to supply 50,000 tests a day starting April 1, said John Frels, vice president of research and development at Abbott Diagnostics. The molecular test looks for fragments of the coronavirus genome, which can quickly be detected when present at high levels. A thorough search to definitively rule out an infection can take up to 13 minutes, he said.

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Story excerpt provided by The Columbus Dispatch.

Written by Michelle Fay Cortez.

Originally published March 29, 2020.

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