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Standard Q COVID-19 Rapid Test Available March 30

 
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I want to share this good news!

100,000 test available by March 30th, results in 15 minutes from a pinprick.

According to the healthcare company, the test delivers results within 15 minutes from a pinprick with no instrumentation required.

Health care professionals can use the results of the test, along with a patient's medical history, symptoms, and results of other relevant testing, to make informed decisions about patient treatment and care.



https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/henry-schein-announces-availability-of-covid-19-antibody-rapid-test-2020-03-26

 
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Abbot Labs is talking about a 5 minute test to be used (tested?) in Detroit.  Always keep in mind the world is crawling with scam artists ...both large and small.  To add to that issue, the demands are so high ...as well as the rewards....that legit companies feel pressure from multiple directions to hurry product releases.
 
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That is good advice, John. Dear hubby told me about the 5 minute test.

I don't know who all is coming out with these test though I feel that both Abbot Labs and Henry Schein are both reputable companies.

I would have to relay on what ever was available for my area.  I don't think we get to pick and choose.  And who knows when any of the tests will be available.
 
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Hi. Anne,
Weeks ago i posted that it bothered me that I could not get the stats to work.  I have learned why. Quite reasonably, only people who have tested positive can be added to the list of those who have the virus.   Of course, if the tests are not available,  fewer people test positive. I am certainly not ready to scream conspiracy.  It is reasonable to think that it might take a while to develop and produce a test. But we do need to keep in mind that the reported totals will be artificially low until the tests are available and in general use.
 
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Um, they asked the top doctors about this in the briefings in Canada yesterday.

1. Right away, we can see this test won't work because this test tests the blood.  The body takes about 4 to 10 weeks to build up enough antibodies to be able to test for COVID in the blood.  That's not from infection, that's several weeks from symptoms.  To get an accurate test at this stage (in the understanding of the virus), they need to test for the RNA of the virus and the place with the highest concentration is the lungs and air pathways.  If the test doesn't test that, then it's not going to find the virus.    (this will change as understanding of the virus grows).

2. They have done some experiments on this test and just about every test available.  They found the accuracy rate for this kind of test was less than 5%.  I understand the accuracy has to be over 65% to be used in Canada and most of our testing has an accuracy of over 95%.
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