Covid tests that give results after a few minutes …


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Tests for Covid-19 showing results on the spot in 15 to 30 minutes are about to be rolled out around the world, British newspaper The Guardian writes Monday.

The tests that look like a pregnancy test, with two blue lines indicating that the test is positive, will be provided by two companies. The South Korean company Sd Bio Sensor has received an emergency permit from the WHO. The American company Abbott is expected to be licensed soon. 120 million of that rapid antigen test could be delivered to low- and middle-income countries. Rich countries, which are members of the Access to Covid tools initiative, can also order the test. The initiative was launched in March by the WHO, the European Commission, the Gates Foundation and the French government.

Just like for the PCR test, a healthcare provider is still needed to administer the test, so you cannot do it yourself at home. And while the tests don’t pick up all cases, they can ensure that many contagious people are identified before they have symptoms and go into quarantine.

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