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New TWO-MINUTE coronavirus test is approved by FDA and will help decide who can go back to work – The Sun
A CORONAVIRUS test that can detect virus in just two minutes has been given emergency use authorization by the FDA.
The test, which detects virus antibodies in the blood, can help determine if people have had the virus so they may be able to go back to work.
Bodysphere, the company who makes the test, said it can detect virus antibodies in the blood in just two minutes, as simple as a glucose test.
While designed exclusively for use by medical professionals, the test will allow doctors to know if a person has COVID-19 antibodies, Bodysphere said in a statement.
The test will only work after a few days of infection, as if it is given too early, the human body will not have produced enough antibodies for the kit to detect.
Results to give a positive or negative diagnosis come anywhere from two to ten minutes, according to Bodysphere.
This is a game-changer as many other tests often take anywhere of a matter of hours to days before patients know their results.
The test can help determine if people have already had the virus and have a certain level of immunity, so they may be able to go back to work – especially those in the healthcare industry, Axios reported.
It will aid in those who may have contracted the virus, but may not have had symptoms indicating they were infected.
Several states have already begun to use the test, but Bodysphere said it plans to have a widespread rollout alongside federal and state agencies to get kits across the nation.
Tests will go to hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care centers around the U.S. and the coming weeks, Bodysphere hopes to have "millions of test kits on the front lines," a statement said.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. had confirmed more than 165,000 cases of coronavirus with over 3,400 deaths.
The announcement comes just days after Abbott Laboratories announced a five-minute coronavirus test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA.
President Donald Trump said the test and it's "lightning-fast results" could be "a whole new ballgame."
Abbott announced that they plan to ship 50,000 tests a day, hopefully starting this week.
At a White House press conference Monday, Trump showed off the new test kit, and announced a "historic milestone" as he said that one million Americans have been tested for the virus.
The White House in mid-March said there would be 27 million test kits out and available to patients by the end of the month.
The new two-minute test announcement came the same day as the New York Times shared a leaked audio recording where the President told governors on a call that he hasn't "heard about testing being a problem" when they spoke of shortages.
Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana said: "Literally we are one day away, if we don’t get test kits from the C.D.C., that we wouldn’t be able to do testing in Montana,” Bullock said.
"We're trying to do contact tracing, but we just don't have enough supplies to do even the testing," he added.
Trump then responded that he was unaware of any testing shortages.
“I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” the President said.
“We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’re coming out with another one tomorrow.”
He added: “I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.”
Trump had also previously said "anyone who wants a test can get tested."
People have expressed difficulty in getting tested for COVID-19 across the nation, as many people say they are only able to get a test with a doctor's orders or after multiple doctor's or ER visits.
Some hospitals have also had to limit tests to those who show the most severe symptoms.