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miércoles, 27 de mayo 2020
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UdeA Begins Conducting COVID-19 Tests

Carlos Olimpo Restrepo
Translation by José López

On Wednesday, April 15, UdeA began conducting COVID-19 tests on 70 workers of Plaza Minorista de Medellín, the city's leading food supply center, where presence of coronavirus was detected last week. Thus, the University joins the fight against the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

«The National Institute of Health has authorized UdeA School of Microbiology’s laboratory to carry out COVID-19 testing, however, other UdeA labs can also participate in this process if necessary. We have nine laboratories to help deal with coronavirus outbreak," said UdeA rector John Jairo Arboleda.

Universidad de Antioquia takes a step forward in its commitment to support the country in overcoming the situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the isolation of half the world's population.

Members of the UdeA School of Microbiology lab staff

UdeA laboratories authorized by the NIH to support COVID-19 testing include those in the following divisions: School of Microbiology, Immunogenetics and Cellular Immunology (GICIG), Nano-Biophysics, Program for the Study and Control of Tropical Diseases (PECET), Immunovirology Research Group, Cellular and Molecular Biology (CIB), Molecular and Translational Medicine Group (GMMT), Laboratory of Specialized Medicine (LIME), and Malaria Research Group.

Although the laboratories initially only operated during daylight hours, they are expected to operate 24 hours a day starting this week. UdeA laboratories may perform between 230 and 2,500 tests per day, depending on the availability of reagents.

"Most importantly, we are going to help flatten the curve and boost actions to improve early diagnosis, which will help prevent a rapid increase in cases from occurring, otherwise this could lead to collapse of the healthcare system," says Ricardo Velasco, dean of UdeA School of Microbiology.

UdeA School of Microbiology laboratory where COVID-19 tests are being carried out. Photo: Sergio Cristancho

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