CHICAGO (CBS)– Abbott Labs is warning that the new rapid COVID-19 tests can produce false negatives.
Earlier this month, CBS 2 reported on the tests that take just five minutes. They’re available at a handful of immediate care clinics in Illinois.READ MORE: Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
This rapid test device can produce false negatives if a certain solution is used to move or store the patients’ swab samples.
Abbott now says customers should only place swabs with patient samples directly in the device, with no solution.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
The whole process is done with the “ID Now Device.” Doctor’s offices or clinics use it to collect samples from patients using swabs and then quickly testing the samples without having to transport them to specialized labs.
These tests are not only now widely used in the United States, but also distributed by the federal government. So, Abbott says it immediately notified its customers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration when they found out there was a problem.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
CBS 2 reached out to Abbott to find out more about the accuracy of the tests.