The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency permit to use the new test, which could increase the rate of detection of coronavirus by 10 times. This is the first commercially available test that has received agency approval.
Testing is the main method in the fight against the spread of coronavirus, and in some cases, most of the symptoms may be similar to those of SARS. “Having effective and widely available testing methods that can test a large number of patients is a key part of protecting against the disease”, the FDA said.
With the help of new tests, it is possible to check from 1440 to 4128 patients per day. In total, 110 such devices began to be used in the USA. US authorities plan to supply them with clinics in the states where more cases of coronavirus are recorded.
Access to testing in the US has been harshly criticized by healthcare providers and experts. They noted that the amount and speed of testing affects the effectiveness of the fight against the spread of the virus.