Day: May 15, 2020

Coronavirus Testing Used by the White House Could Miss Infections

A rapid coronavirus test used by the White House to screen its staff could miss infections up to 48 percent of the time, according to a study by researchers at N.Y.U. Langone Health.

The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, evaluated the accuracy of the test, Abbott ID Now, a machine about the size of a toaster oven that can yield results in five to 13 minutes.

The product, which was given emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration in late March, has been enthusiastically promoted by President Trump — it was even used as a prop during at least one news conference. Mr. Trump has said the tests are “highly accurate.”

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond for comment.

There are 18,000 ID Now testing units in the United States, and the company says it has shipped 1.8 million of the kits required

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