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Can you fact check this Covid19 good news?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19440points) March 20th, 2020

On CBCnewsworld they are announcing that new Covid19 testing kit has been produced that can get results in 30 minutes. Is that true? Sounds like good news?

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Patty_Melt's avatar

It might be true. March 18, President Trump commented that they were making improvements to the testing kits. He indicated that they were still finding ways to improve the test kits and the processing.

SEKA's avatar

It also might not be true since trump has never lied to us. The CDC is staying very quiet about it if it is true

Patty_Melt's avatar

@SEKA, who said Trump made the claim?

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Please don’t use Trump as a source. Virtually everything he has said regarding the virus is false. Virtually everything. I could give you a list but I want to get back on topic.

Maybe this is what the CBC was referring to:

University of Oxford – March 18, 2019 – Oxford scientists develop rapid testing technology for COVID-19
“The new test is much faster and does not need a complicated instrument. Previous viral RNA tests took 1.5 to 2 hours to give a result. The research team has developed a new test, based on a technique which is capable of giving results in just half an hour – over three times faster than the current method…

”...The Oxford scientists are now working to develop an integrated device so that the test can be used at clinics, airports, or even for home use. They are planning to run clinical validations within the UK and exploring options for production of the test kits.”

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Truly that sounds great!

SEKA's avatar

The FDA announced yesterday that there is a test that “could” return results in 45 minutes. They didn’t say it “will” but chose to say it “could”. The words -could, should, or might_ make me feel very uncomfortable

LostInParadise's avatar

I found this article If you skip down to the last paragraph, it says that what they have is a proof of concept, but it will be a while before it can be manufactured in bulk.

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