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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Avon Lake Residents Print Mask Bands To Help Others Amid COVID-19

AVON LAKE, OH — In the age of the new coronavirus, countless heroes have found creative ways to protect other people. In Avon Lake, those heroes look like a budding 3D printing coalition molding mask bands for front line medical workers, first responders and even the U.S. Navy.

The entire endeavor started on something of a whim, according to Matt Collier. His family has a 3D printer and was scrolling through files of things they could print. Listed on one website was a design for a band to strap a mask around a person’s head. They decided to give it a try.

The Colliers printed mask bands for anyone they knew who requested one. When the requests began pouring in, the Colliers decided to expand their printing power. They recruited three Avon Lake residents, all with their own 3D printers: the Rollins family, Hayden Hodge and Carter Knox, an Avon

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Thanks to stay-at-home orders, NC hospitals are equipped for next COVID-19 wave

NC restrictions accomplished a goal

I’m an ER nurse and aware daily of how our work environment has changed due to COVID-19. The governor’s stay-at-home order was specifically issued to “reduce the burden on the state’s healthcare facilities.”

According to N.C. DHHS website data, that has been accomplished. As of May 1, 6,325 of the state’s 18,565 hospital beds were available. So were 789 of 3,233 ICU beds and 745 of 3,204 ventilators.

DHHS data trends show there has not been a time during this first wave of COVID-19 when N.C. hospital resources have even come close to being overwhelmed. Politics aside, the stay-at-home order accomplished its stated goal.

No matter the date selected to loosen restrictions, there will be multiple waves of increased infection due to increased gathering. Our hospitals have handled the first wave successfully and have the capacity to handle the next.

Robert Powers, West Jefferson

Robert Powers
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