Reports coming in indicates that medical experts at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore have succeeded in creating their own COVID-19 test. The experts, the report stated hoped the COVID-19 test developed would help address the need for more testing for COVID-19.
According to the report, the doctors at Hopkins said the country needs more widely available tests that return results more quickly. That’s why they created a test on their own.
It was reported however, that the institution started using the test on Wednesday and by Thursday night, they were to have tested 50 samples. Doctors hope to be able to test as many as 1,000 people per day.
According to CBS Minnesota reports, John Hopkins is now one of several private hospitals stepping in to help alleviate the nationwide shortage of tests. Among others, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has also created its own test. Doctors Karen Caroll and Heba Mostafa helped develop Hopkins’ test, the report revealed.
“We didn’t expect this to become a pandemic,” she said. And because of that, public health labs won’t be able to handle all the required testing.
The new John Hopkins test takes 24 hours to harvest results, but Mostafa expects she can shorten that to as little as three hours.
Back in February, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shaped its own coronavirus test but later said it wasn’t always accurate, rendering many results inconclusive.