On Tuesday, the FDA announced that they had authorized the first ever at home Coronavirus test.
Fox News reports: “In a statement released Tuesday, the FDA said that it had reissued an Emergency Use Authorization for LabCorp to COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples that were self-collected by patients at home using LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit.”
“Throughout this pandemic we have been facilitating test development to ensure patients access to accurate diagnostics, which includes supporting the development of reliable and accurate at-home sample collection options,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said.
Testing has been one of the largest components to treating and combating the coronavirus crisis in America as there have been over 100,000 coronavirus tests a day conducted in the United States.
“This reissued EUA for LabCorp’s molecular test permits testing of a sample collected from the patient’s nose using a designated self-collection kit that contains nasal swabs and saline,” the FDA said in its statement. “Once patients self-swab to collect their nasal sample, they mail their sample, in an insulated package, to a LabCorp lab for testing.”
Fox News also notes: “As of Tuesday morning, more than 2.49 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, at least 787,960 of which are in the U.S. The disease has accounted for at least 171,255 deaths around the world, including at least 42,364 people in the U.S.”
Americans are itching to get back to normal life however director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that if states open up their economies too soon, things may “backfire.”
During an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America on Monday, Dr. Fauci sat down with ABC host George Stephanopoulos to talk about the virus.
Stephanopoulos started, “We’re seeing these protests crop up all across the country right now, including those protests in Texas and other places where they are saying “Fire Anthony Fauci, Fauci is wrong,” and resisting these stay-at-home orders from governors. What’s your message back to those protesters?”
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