Mar 21, 2020 - Health

FDA approves first bedside coronavirus test

Clinicians prepare to test a patient for coronavirus inside a white tent.

A patient prepares for a coronavirus test in New York City. Photo: Misha Friedman/Getty Images

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a "point-of-service" coronavirus test, made by Cepheid, that will be rolled out March 30.

Why it matters: This is the first tool that can test patients at the bedside and get results in less than an hour, which should help alleviate the United States' dire testing backlog.

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