US laboratory unveils COVID-19 Result check in 5 minutes. A US-based laboratory has unveiled a portable test that can tell in as little as five minutes whether anyone has COVID-19, it said in a statement Friday.
Abbot Laboratories said that as early as next week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave it emergency authorization to start making the test available to health care providers.
In a press release, the test, which is the size of a small toaster and uses molecular technology, also shows negative results within 13 minutes.
Abbot president and chief operating officer Robert Ford said “The COVID-19 pandemic will be fought on multiple fronts, and a portable molecular test that offers results in minutes adds to the broad range of diagnostic solutions needed to combat this virus.”
The test’s small size means it can be deployed outside the “traditional four walls of a hospital in outbreak hotspots,” Ford said, and Abbott is working with the FDA to send it to virus epicentres.
The test was not licensed or authorised by the FDA, and was only allowed for emergency use by accredited laboratories and healthcare providers, the firm said.