7af8f2e6-bb77-41d1-8d8e1e2355f3d749Researchers have developed a new test that can diagnose COVID-19 in just 20 minutes. The findings show the rapid molecular test called N1-STOP-LAMP, is 100% accurate in diagnosing samples containing SARS-CoV-2 at high loads.

The test is highly accurate and easy to use, making it a prime candidate for use in settings with limited testing capabilities. The method involves using a small portable machine, which can reliably detect SARS-CoV-2 from just one nasal swab. “In the race to control the COVID-19 pandemic, access to rapid, precision diagnostics is key. We have developed an alternative COVID-19 molecular test that can be readily deployed in settings where access to standard laboratory testing is limited or where ultra-rapid result turnaround times are needed” said University of Melbourne Professor Tim Stinear, laboratory head at the Doherty Institute…..more