The demand for more testing of COVID-19 has reached new levels from New York to California, and from Illinois to Florida. Tests have typically taken up to six hours to prove whether a patient is positive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new test that will allow tests to be finished in about 45 minutes.
Dr. David Persing, MD, Ph.D., the chief medical and technology officer at California-based Cepheid, said his company that manufactures the test hopes that doctors can get quicker facts with the new test.
“During this time of increased demand for hospital services, clinicians urgently need an on-demand diagnostic test for real-time management of patients being evaluated for admission to health-care facilities,” Persing told CNN.
“An accurate test delivered close to the patient can be transformative—and help alleviate the pressure that the emergence of the 2019-nCoV outbreak has put on healthcare facilities that need to properly allocate their respiratory isolation resources.”
As more people contract COVID-19, better known as coronavirus, states and large municipalities have called upon more testing of its residents to better quelch the virus, all while insisting residents to take s many precautions as possible.
Vice President Mike Pence in a Saturday news conference said about 195,000 Americans have been tested for the coronavirus so far, of which some 19,000 have come back positive. Pence said the total number of positive cases does not include rural hospitals, labs and clinics that may have conducted their own tests.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a press conference Saturday said his state will begin using professional football stadiums in Miami and Jacksonville to help facilitate large-scale testing. The Florida governor added that when cases began breaking in the U.S., the tests had to be sent to the Centers for Disease Control, which furthered delay in founding out the results.
With new testing, and quicker results, America might be able to get a more accurate grip on how many people have been affected by the disease.
“We want to remind Americans as Dr. [Anthony] Fauci will emphasize in a moment, if you don’t have symptoms, don’t do a test,” Pence said. “It is another way that the American people can make sure that we are preserving the resources that our health care workers need to administer and support those who are dealing with the coronavirus and other illnesses.”
Dr. Fauci is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.