German company says it developed rapid coronavirus test that can also check for other respiratory diseases

A German company said it has developed a test for the COVID-19 virus that can deliver a diagnosis in less than three hours and does not need to be taken to a laboratory.

Bosch said the rapid test was developed in six weeks and can also check for nine other respiratory diseases, including influenza, using a single sample.

The test, which Bosch said delivered results “with an accuracy of over 95 percent,” uses a swab sample from the patient’s nose or throat. The sample is then put into an analysis device for evaluation. The devices can perform up to 10 tests within 24 hours.

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