New Covid-19 Test Labeled “Game-Changer”
In an article posted to Bloomberg on May 9 it was announced that the US government had approved a new antigen test to screen people for Covid-19. The former head of the FDA called it a “game-changer”. Quidel Corp was granted an EUA for the test and could signal a breakthrough for testing and screening for the virus.
The former FDA commissioner said that it is a very rapid test that can be used in a doctor’s office. Each test will cost about $5 and will have results in minutes. In April the whitehouse said a breakthrough like this was needed noting, “We have to be able to detect antigen, rather than constantly trying to detect the actual live virus, or the viral particles itself, and to really move into antigen testing”. It is important to note that while the tests can have results in minutes, it by no means that they are foolproof. The FDA says there is actually a higher chance of false negatives with these tests. They expect more tests to be authorized soon with more research on antibody tests on the way.
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