Great Advantages of Abbott 15-Minute COVID Swab Test

Oct 30, 2020 by

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“Great Advantages of Abbott 15-Minute COVID Swab Test”

By Donna Garner


Within the first week of symptom onset, Abbott Laboratories’ test has a 97.1% positive percent agreement, meaning it is accurate by that percentage when a patient is positive, Abbott said, adding that it has a 98.5% negative percent agreement, meaning it is accurate by that percentage when a patient is negative.” – Dallas Morning News, 10.28.20


This 15-minute COVID swab test would really be good for school students and personnel.  Arturo would not have to be sent home for 14 days of quarantine just because a contact tracer said he had sat next to Sheila who was positive for COVID.  In 15 minutes, Arturo would have proof that he is negative and could go on with his life.

This would also be invaluable for athletic teams and other extra-curricular participants for the same reason.  In 15 minutes a team could be cleared to play.

College kids would not have to miss valuable in-person classes for the same reason.

Nursing home patients could see their loved ones after both the patient and their loved ones tested negative in 15 minutes! 

All of this is based upon Abbott not having too many false positives; but if their testing data is accurate, this test appears to be pretty accurate.

If a person tested negative, then he/she would have to wait for four to five days for lab tests to be run. That, of course, would be a bummer; but at least the largest majority of people could be cleared in 15 minutes to continue with their activities instead of having to go through 14 days of self-quarantine because they were in the presence of someone who tested positive.

I feel better about the Abbott NAVICA because it does not collect any type of location information and could not be used to track a person’s movements which are being fed to contact tracers!

Obviously the best choice is for everyone to be allowed to take HCQ as a prophylactic. 


Excerpts from Dallas Morning News – 10.28.20

The rapid tests are part of a national effort to keep schools open. The federal government purchased more than 100 million Abbott BinaxNOW rapid tests in late August with plans to deploy them in schools across the county.

The Abbott BinaxNOW test was approved for emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year. The company plans to begin shipping up to 50 million tests per month by October, providing the U.S. with the capacity to test more than 1.5 million Americans a day.

Test accuracy

Molecular tests like the PCR, or polymerase chain reaction, test have been the most commonly used throughout the pandemic. Those use a nasal swab, throat swab or saliva sample. Those samples are taken to a lab for processing and can take days to produce results.

Antigen rapid tests work differently by looking for the virus’ proteins. Antigen tests deliver results in a few minutes without the need for the sample to be taken to an offsite lab. Student athletes in DISD schools will likely have their tests administered in a large space like a gym, Harris said.

Within the first week of symptom onset, Abbott Laboratories’ test has a 97.1% positive percent agreement, meaning it is accurate by that percentage when a patient is positive, Abbott said, adding that it has a 98.5% negative percent agreement, meaning it is accurate by that percentage when a patient is negative.


10.21.20 – Excerpts from Waco Tribune-Herald:

Under CDC and Big 12 guidelines, players who test positive must quarantine for 10 days while players undergoing contact tracing have to quarantine for 14 days.

Previous positive cases are not retested the rest of the season unless players become symptomatic and physicians are concerned about the recurrence of COVID-19…

What are the 3 types of coronavirus tests?

There are three broad categories of coronavirus tests in the U.S. Two diagnose whether you have an active infection, and a third indicates if you previously had the virus.

Here’s how they work:


Most tests look for bits of the virus’ genetic material, and require a nasal swab that is taken by a health professional and then sent to a lab. This is considered the most accurate way to diagnose an infection, but it’s not perfect: The swab has to get a good enough sample so any virus can be detected.

These tests usually take hours to process at the lab so you likely won’t get results back for at least a day, though a handful of rapid tests take about 15 minutes on site. Other genetic tests use saliva, instead of a swab.


A newer type of test looks for proteins found on the surface of the coronavirus, rather than the virus itself. These antigen tests are just hitting the market, and experts hope they’ll help expand testing and speed up results.

Antigen tests aren’t as accurate as genetic tests, but are cheaper, faster and require less specialized laboratory equipment. They still require a nasal swab by a health professional.

A recently approved test from Abbott Laboratories takes 15 minutes and can be performed at schools, offices and other locations.


Antibody tests look for proteins that the body makes to fight off infections in a patient’s blood sample. Antibodies are a sign that a person previously had COVID-19.

Scientists don’t yet know if antibodies protect people from another infection, or how long that protection might last. So antibody tests are mostly useful for researchers measuring what portion of the population was infected.


“HUGE BREAKTHROUGH: New 15-Minute COVID Swab Test from Abbott”

By Donna Garner


COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  I asked my expert doctor friend about the way the new 15-minute Abbott BinaxNow Covid-19 swab test is done.  “Is it painful?”  He said the nasal swab goes just inside the nose and is not like some previous COVID nasal swab tests (nasopharyngeal) that have to be pushed to the back of the throat through the nose, causing pain.  There will be no pain with the new BinaxNow.  This is indeed good news because of utilizing this new 15-minute swab test with school children.  

My doctor friend also said he is well satisfied with the validation of this Abbott BinaxNow Covid 19 swab test — “with demonstrated sensitivity of 97.1% and specificity of 98.5% in clinical study.”  [If interested, here is a link that explains how sensitivity and specificity rates are calculated:]

“Abbott will also launch a complementary mobile app for iPhone and Android devices named NAVICA™. This first-of-its-kind app, available at no charge, will allow people who test negative to display a temporary digital health pass that is renewed each time a person is tested through their healthcare provider together with the date of the test result. Organizations will be able to view and verify the information on a mobile device to facilitate entry into facilities along with hand-washing, social distancing, enhanced cleaning and mask-wearing.”

“Under FDA EUA, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card is for use by healthcare professionals and can be used in point-of-care settings that are qualified to have the test performed and are operating under a CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Certificate of Waiver, Certificate of Compliance, or Certificate of Accreditation.”

“Within these settings, the test can be performed by doctors, nurses, school nurses, medical assistants and technicians, pharmacists, employer occupational health specialists, and more with minimal training and a patient prescription.” 

“If test results are negative, the app will display a digital health pass via a QR code, similar to an airline boarding pass. If test results are positive, people receive a message to quarantine and talk to their doctor. As they’re required to do for all COVID-19 tests, healthcare providers in all settings will be required to report positive results to the CDC and other public health authorities, regardless of whether they use the app. The digital health pass is stored in the app temporarily and expires after the time period specified by organizations that accept the app.”

Here is Abbott Laboratories’ response to the issue of contact tracing: 

CONTACT TRACING:   8.26.20 —

How is Abbott protecting the security of personal information in the app?

Maintaining customers’ privacy is always a priority for Abbott.
When it comes to the NAVICA app, the data transmitted are encrypted. And users only share their first and last name, email address, phone number, zip code, and date of birth, which limits the sensitive identifying data being shared in the first place. Additionally, the app isn’t used for contact tracing, so personal location information is not being tracked or shared.


Please go to this link to learn more of the details about Abbott’s BinaxNOW COVID-19 15-MINUTE, $5, ANTIGEN TEST:



According to the White House, 150 million, state-of-the-art, point-of-care Abbott BINAX swab tests are being sent to school children, nursing and assisted living homes,  historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU’s), first responders, Native Americans, and those hit by natural disasters such as recent fires and hurricanes.

The administration has provided states with critical training information to help make sure the tests are properly shipped, stored, administered, read accurately, and promptly reported. That reporting can be done easily through a BinaxNow mobile app called NAVICA.

Some numbers from the administration:

  • 249,000 BinaxNOW tests have been delivered to HBCUs [historically Black colleges and universities]. Another 300,000 are going out in the next two weeks.
  • Over 2.2 million BinaxNOW tests have gone to 7,600 nursing homes in counties where there is more than minimal community spread.
  • 968,000 tests have been delivered to 5,646 assisted living centers.
  • 300,000 BinaxNOW tests have been sent to tribes through the Indian Health Service.


10.14.20 – “Texas Rolls out COVID Rapid Testing to Schools” – by Melissa B. Taboada – Austin American-Statesman

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