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Stay Up-to-Date With COVID-19 Diagnostics Developments

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You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected. We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test.”

These were the words of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, in a media briefing on March 16, 2020, where he highlighted that testing, isolation and contact tracing is “the backbone of the response” to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academic and industry groups around the world have been working tirelessly to develop innovative diagnostics to identify infected individuals and help to slow the spread of the virus.

Below, you'll find a list of our latest COVID-19 testing-related coverage.


Scaling Up Primer and Probe Kits for COVID-19 Testing
More Sensitive COVID-19 Testing Using Droplet Digital PCR
Researchers Develop First Diagnostic Test for Novel Coronavirus in China
Combining PCR and Antibody Tests at Point-of-Care Increases COVID-19 Detection
New Method Performs Coronavirus Test 10 Times Faster
Improved Testing Method Produces COVID-19 Results in 36 Minutes
Virus in the Blood Can Predict Severe COVID-19
Portable Diagnostic System Provides On-site COVID-19 Test Results in About an Hour
A Cheaper, Faster COVID-19 Test Developed
Streamlined Approach to COVID-19 Testing Can Avoid Potential Bottleneck
DIY Solution to Reagent Bottleneck in COVID-19 Testing Could Also Enhance Future Tests
Highly Sensitive COVID-19 Diagnostic Platform Developed
Rapid Lab-free COVID-19 Test Delivers Results in Just Over an Hour
Portable 90-Minute COVID-19 Test CovidNudge Matches Labs for Accuracy
Sample Pooling Can Massively Increase Coronavirus Testing Capacity
Beware of False Negatives in Diagnostic Testing of COVID-19
Every Test Counts – Volunteer Network Aims To Help Increase COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 Could Outwit Science Unless Knowledge Stays Current
Study Highlights Importance of Periodically Re-evaluating COVID-19 Tests

Alternative molecular methods, including CRISPR, LAMP and sequencing

Portable COVID-19 Test Could Be Rolled Out in Weeks
LAMP-Based Testing for COVID-19
New Test Can Diagnose COVID-19 in 20 Minutes
Portable, Point-of-Care COVID-19 Test Could Bypass the Lab
LAMP-based Test Could Enable Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing
Progress Made Towards a Simple, Low-cost CRISPR-based SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic
A Point-of-Care CRISPR-based COVID-19 Diagnostic Could Be on the Horizon
CRISPR-Based Method Enables Ultrasensitive Visual Detection of SARS-CoV-2
Rapid Test for COVID-19 Shows Improved Sensitivity
One-step Test Could Provide Rapid and Sensitive COVID-19 Detection
Metagenomics As a Tool To Diagnose and Understand COVID-19
Diagnosing COVID-19 in Just 30 Minutes
Carbohydrate-based Diagnostics: A New Approach to COVID-19 Testing?

Mass spectrometry, sensors and imaging

Novel Test Method Detects SARS-CoV-2 in Highly Diluted Gargle Samples
Ultra-High-Throughput Proteomics To Discover New Biomarkers To Predict COVID-19 Severity
Mass Spectrometry Shows Potential for Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Study Demonstrates How Breath Signatures Could Be Used To Rapidly Identify COVID-19
New "Saliva Test" To Detect Coronavirus Instantly Low-Cost Sensor Can Rapidly Detect COVID-19 Infection
Prototype Device Detects COVID-19 in the Exhaled Breath of Infected Patients
New Sensor Could Dramatically Improve COVID-19 Testing
Researchers Develop Rapid Biosensor for the Detection of SARS-CoV-2 S1 Antigen
A New Biosensor for SARS-CoV-2 Detection
Low-Cost Sensor Can Rapidly Detect COVID-19 Infection
Diagnostic Biosensor Quickly Detects SARS-CoV-2 From Nasopharyngeal Swabs
New COVID-19 Test Quickly and Accurately Detects Viral RNA
Coronavirus Testing Kits to Be Developed Using Pioneering Imaging Tech
Is There a Role for Lung Ultrasound in Diagnosing COVID-19?
CT Provides Best Diagnosis for Coronavirus
Maintaining Optimal Blood Volume in COVID-19 Patients
Detecting COVID-19 With Sniffer Dogs
A Simple Laboratory Test Can Aid in Early Recognition of COVID-19 in Patients
Exploring the Use of Plasma Viscosity Testing in Diagnosing COVID-19 Severity
Measuring the T Cell Immune Response to COVID-19
Routine Blood Test Predicts Increased Mortality Risk in Patients With COVID-19
Lab-on-a-Chip Offers Faster Means of Identifying Best COVID-19 Plasma Donors

Antibody testing

New Rapid Test To Detect SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Developed
Next-generation Triple Antibody Test for COVID-19 Given Green Light by MHRA
Test Rapidly Determines Amount of SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibodies
Developing Antibodies and Antigens for COVID-19 Diagnostics
New Pinprick Blood Test for COVID-19
Breakthrough: New Blood Test Detects Positive COVID-19 Result in 20 minutes
Dried Blood Spot Sampling Offers an Inexpensive Way To Widen Access to Antibody Testing for COVID-19
Lab-on-a-Chip Offers Faster Means of Identifying Best COVID-19 Plasma Donors
COVID-19 Antibody Testing: S vs. N Protein
Exploring SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Testing
Antibody Tests To Detect SARS-CoV-2 Immune Status
American Red Cross Will Test All Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies
Researchers Create a New Type of COVID-19 Antibody Test
New SARS-CoV-2 Test Can Detect Neutralizing Antibodies in an Hour
Test Detects Antibodies Against SARS-CoV-2 in Only 10 Minutes
Emory Develops Diagnostic Test To Determine Antibody Responses to COVID-19
Low-Cost, Accurate COVID-19 Antibody Detection Platform Developed
Blood Test Could Track Immune Response to COVID-19
Test Confirms COVID-19 as Trigger for Rare Kawasaki-like Syndrome in Children
Experts Urge Caution in Interpreting COVID-19 Antibody Tests
New Saliva-Based Test Accurately Detects the Presence of Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

Sampling and testing challenges

Mask Sampling for COVID-19 Detection
Self-Collected Saliva and Deep Nasal Swabs Are Equally Effective for Diagnosis of COVID-19
Testing for SARS-CoV-2 Using Fingerprint Sweat
Novel Swabs Developed To Address COVID-19 Testing Shortage
Oropharyngeal Secretions May Help To Reduce False Negative COVID-19 Test Results
Trial of Saliva Test for COVID-19 Launched
Self-swabbing Tests for COVID-19 Are Accurate and Safe, Study Reports
Small Study Demonstrates Sample Inactivation May Lead to SARS-CoV-2 False Negatives
Wyss-designed Swabs Enter Human Trials for COVID-19
What Led to Reagent Shortages for Coronavirus Testing in the US?
Vital Lessons for the Diagnostics Industry From COVID-19
New RNA Extraction Strategies Help Mitigate Shortages in SARS-CoV-2 PCR Components
The Need for Broader Testing of COVID-19 Patients
Coronavirus and the Need To Go Beyond Testing in a Pandemic