Real-Time COVID-19 Test Could Help in Sports' Return

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A new COVID-19 test that offers faster results could help sports leagues like the NBA and MLB get back in action sooner.

Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company based in California, announced Saturday that it has received emergency use authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration for a test that takes just 45 minutes to determine if a person is infected with COVID-19.

According to Sports Illustrated, the test is called “Xpert Xpress SARS-CoV-2” and it assesses if a person has SARS-CoV-2. The test returns results on the spot, so samples don’t have to be sent to a lab.

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