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

Oct 1, 2020 by

“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.
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