Coronavirus: Abu Dhabi approves three new COVID-19 tests

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Abu Dhabi's Department of Health has approved three new COVID-19 tests, including one that provides results in 20 minutes, Abu Dhabi Media Office said.

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The antigen nose swab test returns results in only 20 minutes, and the RT-LAMP genetic test in one hour, while the saliva test targets children in situations where a nose swab is not possible.

Currently available tests include the PCR test, which yields results in around 24 hours, and only detects active COVID-19 infections. Abu Dhabi also offers DPI laser tests, using technology developed in the UAE.

Antigen tests, however, will show if a person has previously been infected with COVID-19, but are less likely to detect active infections, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

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