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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A rapid do-it-yourself coronavirus test could be a game-changer.“It will be a game-changer in the fact that we’ll be able to have the test sent to your house. You’ll be able to do them in real-time,” says Dr. Brian Lamb, a primary care internist at the Allegheny Health Network.
The FDA granted emergency use authorization for this $50 test for people 14 years and older. It’s not an antigen test, but rather uses technology similar to genetic lab-based tests.
“It’s going to be a nasal swab. So you’re still going to have to make sure that the testing device itself gets into where you need it to be to get a good sample,” Dr. Lamb says.
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A nasal sample goes into a vial, the vial plugs into a portable device, and light displays a positive or negative result within 30 minutes.
“This test is only truly valuable in telling you that you have it when you have symptoms,” says Dr. Lamb. “If you have symptoms and you test negative, it doesn’t rule it out.”
It will be available by prescription only.
“You’re still going to have to talk to your …
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