Coronavirus en New Coronavirus test method approved <span>New Coronavirus test method approved</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/administrator">Administrator</a></span> <span>Sun, 22/03/2020 - 10:51</span> <div class="field field-field-video field-type-video-embed-field field-label-hidden field-item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src=";start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field field-field-category field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden field-item"><a href="/category/advice" hreflang="en">Advice</a></div> <div class="field field-field-tags field-type-entity-reference field-label-hidden field-items"> <div class="field-item"><a href="/tags/coronavirus" hreflang="en">Coronavirus</a></div> </div> <div class="field field-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden field-item"><p>The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a emergency approval yesterday for a new coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit made by US company Cepheid Inc.. The test can provide results in a matter of hours, instead of days.</p> <p>The new tool is called the <strong>Cepheid Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2 test</strong> and will be available in the United States end of March, 2020. The availability in different countries around the world is not known.</p> <p>Cepheid Inc., which is based in California, claims they can revert back positive or negative results in 45 minutes.</p> <p>We understand the following is the procedure: A technician collects the patient's sample with a swab. That sample is then mixed in a tube. It is then transferred with a one-time pipette into the Cepheid cartridge. This cartridge contains the testing reagents. The cartridge is then placed into what is called the <strong>GeneXpert machine</strong> which determines if the patient has been infected or not. According to Cepheid Inc., there are more than 23,000 automated GeneXpert systems around the world.</p> <p>How many GeneXpert systems are available in your country is unknown to the author at the time of writing this article.</p> <p>Cepheid President Warren Kocmond has stated: "Our automated systems do not require users to have specialty training to perform testing -- they are capable of running 24/7, with many systems already doing so today,".</p> <p>In our humble opinion, this would make the system ideal for many countries, including those with less developed medical infrastructures.</p></div> <section> <h3 class="post-stats" >Leave a comment</h3> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=343&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="rxfUpedN6J2nPYpaFZqvsgYHy5jDbfTedHdHTQjpfU8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field-field-blog-format field-type-list-string field-label-hidden field-item">Video</div> Sun, 22 Mar 2020 09:51:30 +0000 Administrator 343 at