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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:09 AM

Abbott Launches 5-Minute Covid-19 Test for Use Almost Anywhere

Source: Bloomberg

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 be detected in as little as five minutes when it’s present at high levels. A thorough search to definitively rule out an infection can take up to 13 minutes, he said.

The U.S. has struggled to supply enough tests to detect the coronavirus, even as the outbreak threatens to overwhelm hospitals in New York, California, Washington and other regions. After initially restricting testing to high-risk people, and problems with a test designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. regulators have rushed out diagnostics made by the world’s leading commercial-testing companies.

“This is really going to provide a tremendous opportunity for front-line caregivers, those having to diagnose a lot of infections, to close the gap with our testing,” Frels said. “A clinic will be able to turn that result around quickly, while the patient is waiting.” The technology builds on Illinois-based Abbott’s ID Now platform, the most common point-of-care test currently available in the U.S., with more than 18,000 units spread across the country. It is widely used to detect influenza, strep throat and respiratory syncytial virus, a common bug that causes cold-like symptoms.

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-27/abbott-launches-5-minute-covid-19-test-for-use-almost-anywhere

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Reply Abbott Launches 5-Minute Covid-19 Test for Use Almost Anywhere (Original post)
Mr. Sparkle Mar 28 OP
Dennis Donovan Mar 28 #1
FakeNoose Mar 28 #2
iluvtennis Mar 28 #21
femmedem Mar 28 #3
rurallib Mar 28 #4
gab13by13 Mar 28 #7
rurallib Mar 28 #8
Scarsdale Mar 28 #9
gordianot Mar 28 #5
ypsiguy Mar 28 #6
Red Pest Mar 28 #16
tanyev Mar 28 #10
Rube Icon Mar 28 #24
duforsure Mar 28 #11
Bayard Mar 28 #19
Guilded Lilly Mar 28 #12
Wounded Bear Mar 28 #13
BunnyMcGee Mar 28 #14
duforsure Mar 28 #15
SergeStorms Mar 28 #17
Botany Mar 28 #20
Bayard Mar 28 #18
central scrutinizer Mar 28 #22
Javaman Mar 28 #23
ProfessorGAC Mar 28 #29
Rube Icon Mar 28 #25
JudyM Mar 28 #26
BarbD Mar 28 #27
DeminPennswoods Mar 28 #28
logme Mar 29 #30

Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:12 AM

1. Recommended

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:16 AM

2. Finally, some good news

Maybe the numbers will be reported correctly now, and not fudged by the Chump-toadies.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 11:42 AM

21. +1. nt

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:43 AM

3. Fantastic news. Next step: expand availability of PPE so people can safely administer it.

Here in Connecticut, we've slowed testing not only because of a lack of tests, but also because we're short on masks, etc. We're also faced with the impossible choice between having all hands on deck treating patients and diverting health care workers to testing.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:47 AM

4. How will Trump try to stop it?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 08:01 AM

7. FEMA will buy it all up?

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Response to gab13by13 (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 08:09 AM

8. Probably

then put it in a warehouse........

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Response to rurallib (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 08:46 AM

9. tRump will put

Jared in charge. He will keep it off the market until his brother's company develops their own, expensive, money making brand. After all tRump is not running this country, Jared is.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:53 AM

5. A great humanitarian advance but it is not advantageous to the Trump administration.

The entire personal premise of Donald Trump is not data but lies and fabrication. Anyone who praises Donald Trump is either perpetuating his lies or responding to threats.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 07:55 AM

6. Antimycin A

Antimycin A might be a possible candidate for an antiviral drug for SARS CoV2 (COVID-19). It's shown good activity against alphaviruses, which are also RNA viruses. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3857800/

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Response to ypsiguy (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 10:30 AM

16. I would expect

That the corresponding author, David Miller or someone from that group at UM, is looking into the ability of antimycin A to inhibit replication of SARS-CoV-2.

Some nice work by this group of microbiologists, natural product chemists, and physicians.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 09:19 AM

10. Oh. Before I clicked on it, I thought "You mean my governor isn't completely worthless?"

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Response to tanyev (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:18 PM

24. Rimshot!

 

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 09:27 AM

11. Every drug company should start producing these at once,

Flooding this country with quick testing, and it also would help determine who has already had it, and be able to work again. Trump needs to direct this, but he won't because he only cares about himself . He's to busy tweeting starting conflicts and using insults and accusations and lying instead of working. Trump caused this into being this bad now, no one else did, and still causing it to worsen with his petty insults from his insecurities and politicizing this pandemic. Trumps using it as a weapon now.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 11:14 AM

19. Pharmaceutical companies don't make these

Medical device companies do.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 09:44 AM

12. Kickin'

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 09:59 AM

13. K & R...for hope...nt

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 10:20 AM

14. K&R

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 10:26 AM

15. If trump was smart he'd use his powers now,

Making numerous companies produce these tests in massive numbers in a shot time, but trump isn't smart, so that's unlikely from trump. The real leaders now our Governors need to take over for failing trump. Trumps too lazy to do anything now, showing how incompetent he is, and corrupt. He's intentionally hurting these dr's and nurses and all other first responders , and putting their lives at risk, just like he ignored warnings this was coming, because he's lazy, ignorant, and didn't care, and still doesn't. These first responders will remember who failed them and our country when the election gets here, so will all of the American people. His lies won't work , we all have tv and the internet, and know the truth who caused this.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 10:53 AM

17. "If Trump was smart".........

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Response to duforsure (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 11:21 AM

20. "If trump was smart"

Trump on Coronavirus: "I'm Not Sure Anybody Even Knows What It Is"; "You Can Call It A Germ, You Can Call It A Flu"

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 11:13 AM

18. Glad Abbott came out and announced it first

Now, trump can't try to string us along on it.

5 to 13 minutes. I can live with that!

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Response to Bayard (Reply #18)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 12:31 PM

22. If Drumpf had caught wind of this

He’d have immediately tweeted that he had ordered it so as to claim credit. Much like the GM scenario.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:12 PM

23. Factoid: Abbott Labs was the company that first mass

Produced penicillin during the 1940s

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Response to Javaman (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:23 PM

29. I Know People That Work in R&D

At Abbott.
Most have been there a long time & say it's a good place to work because of their focus on innovation & willingness to experiment.
These are all very decent people so I believe them
Nice find on the penicillin thing!

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:30 PM

25. If this is accurate, then

 

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:41 PM

26. Good news, wish they could install them in all assisted living/nursing homes.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:54 PM

27. "When its present at high levels"

At what point does the virus present at high levels?

Still, it's better than what we have now. -- or don't have now.

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Response to BarbD (Reply #27)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 01:59 PM

28. 5 mins is the first cut, 13 minutes for the full test to

run and produce an accurate result.

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Response to Mr. Sparkle (Original post)

Sun Mar 29, 2020, 12:22 PM

30. I saw several similar announcement from various companies in europe.

I wonder how many of those rushed products will actually be reliable and how available they are going to be.

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