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Mayo Clinic develops test to detect COVID-19 infection

COVID-19 Mayo Clinic Test
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic announced that it has developed a test to detect the virus that causes COVID-19.

According to a news release from Mayo Clinic, the test is called the "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2, Molecular Detection." Data from the test is reportedly going to be sent to the Food and Drug Administration "for review and emergency use authorization."

"This test should help ease some of the burden that is currently being felt at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health laboratories," Dr. William Morice II, the president of Mayo Clinic Laboratories, said in the news release. "We are doing everything we can to help relieve the burden during this time to provide answers for patients here in Rochester and around the world."

Mayo Clinic said it will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for SARS-CoV-2 testing. Officials say this will enable U.S. health care providers to send testing directly to Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic also said the SARS-CoV-2 result can come in within 24 hours.

The news release also said all positive samples will be sent to the state Department of Health or the CDC for follow-up testing and confirmation.

The results would then be communicated to public health officials.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. The severity of COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild to severe. The time from exposure to symptom onset for the COVID-19 virus can range from two days to two weeks.

Health officials say COVID-19 can spread from person to person among those in close contact. It may be spread by respiratory droplets released when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes.

There is no vaccine for COVID-19.

Click here for the latest information on COVID-19.

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