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A new term is appearing in the media. The infecting coronavirus medical name is SARS-cov2. Its brand name or media name is CoVid-19.
There is two new CoVid-19 tests that have received emergency authorization from the FDA. Friday, Roche Labs which owns Quest Labs was granted approval for the Roche cobas test. This test runs on the cobas system which is widely used by labs throughout the USA. Monday, Thermo Fisher received FDA emergency approval within 24 hours of their request for its Taqpath Covid-19 test. It works on Thermo Fisher’s CLIA system and delivers results in 4 hours after the lab gets the sample. Both work by detecting a sequence of virus RNA from a nasal or throat swab. No blood necessary. Give the Medical Companies two weeks and a CoVid-19 test will become readily available to those with symptoms. Give them 30 days and those with suspected contact will be routinely tested.
The Primary Care Physicians are not going to see you in there office. Call your doctor if you want a Chest Xrays which some may grant. But most will tell you to go to an Hospital ER. I was told today that Summa will be able to test later this week. Akron General is now Cleveland Clinic which can test 500 daily at the Downtown Cleveland Hospital. That will increase and could even be outdated now.
One fact missed in this crisis is how fast the medical community is reacting. Jan 12th, the Chinese released the genome of the CoVid-19 virus to the world science community. The FDA had a test within 2 weeks, made corrections, and shipped 5 million by the beginning of March. Moderna, a Cambridge Mass. startup, had a potential vaccine ready by the middle of February for testing. .The federal National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID started testing on March 7th. The NIAID says it needs at least 60 days of data before it will know if it works. An Israeli company also has a vaccine in testing.
The Sars epidemic took 20 months to reach the point of having a vaccine to test. Medical Companies are proceeding at a very fast pace compared to the past. A vaccine could be available within 6 months or less.
We now have within 2 months: 3 CoVid-19 tests and 2 Vaccines in testing. I know for many it is not enough. But it is only a little over 2 months.
Gov. Dewine made a decision to restrict Ohioians to stop the spread. I agree that if he is going to try, then go all in. We should all cooperate, keep our social distance from people and tough out these next 3 weeks. And catch up on everything around the house. Spring cleaning anyone.