Mayo Clinic announced that it has developed a test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. The individuals undergoing the Mayo Clinic test could receive their results within 24 hours.
The real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is designed to identify SARS-CoV-2 from a variety of clinical samples and has been validated to test respiratory samples collected from suspected COVID-19 patients. Those samples might include such as nasopharyngeal swabs, sputum, throat swabs, bronchoalveolar lavages and bronchial washings.
“This test should help ease some of the burden that is currently being felt at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health laboratories,” Mayo Clinic Laboratories president Dr. William Morice II said in the release. “We are doing everything we can to help relieve the burden during this time to provide answers for patients here in Rochester and around the world.”