FDA Approves First Rapid COVID-19 Test

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    The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid point-of-care COVID-19 test, that can deliver results in less than an hour. Cepheid, a Silicon Valley diagnostics company, made the announcement on Saturday, saying it has received emergency authorization from the government to use the test. While the agency has approved about a dozen other COVID-19 tests in response to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this is the first one that can be used at the point of care. Cepheid said the test kits will be available by the end of the month. Until now, to get test result, a health care worker would take a swab from the back of a person’s nose, and send it off to a public health, commercial or hospital lab, or to a lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The process can take days. The newly approved test kit still involves taking a nasal swab, but the test can be done in a doctor’s office or clinic with a detection time of

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