FDA authorizes first test for asymptomatic coronavirus cases

FDA authorizes first test for asymptomatic coronavirus cases
The FDA has authorized the first test for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a COVID-19 test that can be used on anyone, including those without symptoms.

The FDA reissued an emergency authorization for a LabCorp test after it proved it could detect the virus in asymptomatic people. The company can also test pooled samples of up to five swabs at a time.

The FDA says this broad screening could be a game changer in reopening schools and businesses.

The test is only available through a prescription and only a LabCorp test kit or a health provider can collect samples.

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