FAST FIVE: Abbott Labs Unveils COVID-19 "Gamechanger": Portable Test Can Detect Virus In Under 5 Minutes

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The company described the test as a “gamechanger.” “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.” Here's how the test works, according to Bloomberg: The technology builds on Illinois-based Abbott's ID Now platform, the most common point-of-care test currently available in the US, with more than 18,000 units spread across the country.

They are targeting hospital emergency rooms, urgent-care clinics and doctors' offices.

Other companies are also rolling out faster testing systems as “point-of-care” becomes the critical buzzwords – tests that can be marshaled to test patients at bedsides in ad-hoc treatment environments like the Javits Center.  The seemingly miles of beds being set up at Javits.

pic.twitter.com/dD0AQg4PO4- Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) March 27, 2020 Henry Schein Inc. on Thursday said its point-of-care antibody test, which looks for evidence that a person's immune system has already fought off the infection, was available.

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