COVID-19 Testing Landscape: An Unfolding Situation that Requires Straight Talk

COVID-19 Testing Landscape An Unfolding Situation that Requires Straight Talk

According to a recent Tweet from China-based Xinhua News, the coronavirus can now be diagnosed within 15 minutes thanks to a new test kit developed in China. Could this be fake news? No experts have come out and declared this to be legitimate. According to another news source, an American-based company in North Carolina has developed a strikingly similar 15-minute test kit now currently used in China and other parts of the world—that cannot be used in America. What is going on?

Different Rapid Test Alternatives

According to a report in the UK’s Daily Mail, North Carolina-based BioMedomics reports its blood test can detect the virus within 15 minutes; however, it is reported to be less than accurate to that of the test coming out of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A look at the Chinese Tweet in regard to the 15-minute Chinese test looks strikingly similar to the one developed in North Carolina. Could it be the same technology or approach? Some would argue that a rapid test that is less accurate is better than waiting for a more accurate test for a pandemic such as what COVID-19 represents.

A Russian news outlet called Tass reported that the Chines...

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