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FDA opens door to rapid, at-home screening for COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday opened the door to COVID-19 testing that could be fast, cheap, and handled entirely at home — if companies don’t find the rules too burdensome.

Routine screening of people who don’t know they have COVID-19 could transform the fight against the disease.

“These types of tests will be a game-changer in our fight against COVID-19 and will be crucial as the nation looks toward reopening,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement announcing how the agency will approve at-home tests.

So far, the FDA hasn’t allowed anyone to sell tests for at-home use.

Lab tests to detect the coronavirus are accurate, but they’re often restricted to people who have COVID-19 symptoms. It often takes days to get results — by which point the person may have already infected others.

Other tests are fast, but so expensive they’re unlikely to be used

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At-home Fit Technology Is Helping Some Retailers Survive the Coronavirus

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Fit technology is helping some fashion brands weather the storm caused by the coronavirus

At-home try-ons, Zoom fitting sessions, three-dimensional body scans and other digital fit technologies have accelerated during the pandemic. With stores closed, retailers had no choice but to rely on e-commerce platforms for revenues. And even as more and more retailers reopen brick-and-mortar stores, the trend is likely to continue well into the future. 

“One of the drawbacks to COVID-19 is that people are going to be reluctant to be in stores — even after they reopen,” Jessica Couch, an apparel fit expert and founder of her own consulting firm Luxor & Finch, told WWD. “It’s just changed how people view shopping. 

“Traditionally, shopping was kind of social and consumers wanted to do it with their friends, to be out and about and all of these brands were inside

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