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New Rapid 45-Minute COVID-19 Test Ideal for Screening at Points of Risk

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 09 Jul 2020
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Image: Dr. Laura Lamb (Photo courtesy of Beaumont Research Institute)
Image: Dr. Laura Lamb (Photo courtesy of Beaumont Research Institute)
Researchers at the Aikens Research Center at Beaumont Research Institute (Southfield, MI, USA) who developed the test found the results to be highly accurate as compared to existing technology. Additionally, the rapid test is also relatively inexpensive to develop and operate as the materials for it are inexpensive and it does not require expensive machinery to run.

The researchers adapted the same technology for the COVID-19 test that they had come up with for a rapid, Zika virus detection test about three years ago. The detection test builds on recommendations from Anthony Fauci, M.D., immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, that rapid testing and tracing are the keys to containing the coronavirus. The researchers are now focusing on securing corporate sponsorship to fund development of the COVID-19 test.

According to Laura Lamb, Ph.D., who led the team, the test “could be used for screening at the point of risk, such as nursing homes, long-term care facilities, cruise ships, naval ships, within the school and prison systems, and by large employers, for example, at an Amazon warehouse or meatpacking plant. Because this is an existing test, we are optimistic with the right resources, it could be ready for widespread use within a month or so.”

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