FDA approves faster COVID-19 test, can get results in 45 minutes

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(CNN) — The first rapid diagnostic test for coronavirus has been approved by the FDA. The new test can detect COVID-19 in approximately 45 minutes. California-based “Cepheid,” which makes the test, says they can start shipping next week.

Clinicians say faster testing will help alleviate some of the pressure on hospital resources.

The test is a significant advancement because some patients have complained it took them days to get results.

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