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The new 15-minute test has potential, but standard tests are still the best way to track COVID-19 – The Conversation AU

A new test, which can diagnose COVID-19 in 15 minutes, has been approved by the TGA. But it’s no silver bullet.

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Testing remains a vital component of Australias success in managing COVID-19.
We need to diagnose people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as early as possible so they can be isolated from others and their contacts quarantined. Testing also helps us understand to what degree the virus is present in the population, so we can tailor public health measures accordingly.
If youve had a COVID-19 test, in all likelihood you received a PCR test. Thats the one with the throat a…

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