A 5-Minute Coronavirus Test

The test can run on small machines the size of a toaster

A new test for the novel coronavirus can deliver a positive result in as little as five minutes and a negative result in 13 minutes. With the standard test, the turnaround time can be several days. Healthcare company Abbott Laboratories, which makes the new test, received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Friday. Chicago-based Abbott says it will start shipping tests to hospitals next week and hopes to deliver 50,000 tests a day.

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.