HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – One week ago, the FDA approved the use of the first diagnostic test for COVID-19 using exhalation samples. The instrument, which is about the size of a piece of hand luggage, analyzes connections in a patient’s breath and gives results in less than three minutes.
WHSV spoke with a doctor from the Virginia Department of Health, who says the new test comes in small print.
“Basically, it’s more of a screening test than a real diagnostic test, because a real diagnostic test, like a PCR test, knows that the test result is the test result and you can feel safe,” Dr. Brooke Rosshem, public health physician for the Virginia Department of Health said.
He explains that there is no clear time frame for when we could see the tests in action across the state, but the possibility of yet another way to detect COVID-19 is a step forward.
“It’s good to have alternatives, it’s good to have a plan B, plan C, plan D. In medicine, it’s a good thing because not everyone will be able to carry out plan A,” Rossheim said.
He adds that he is eager to see the tests in action at places like mobile test sites and doctors’ offices, and to see it potentially evolve into an official diagnostic test for COVID-19.
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