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Home saliva COVID tests are just as accurate as nasal swabs

As the pandemic rages on, research on different types of coronavirus tests continues in an effort to increase testing capacity and minimize contact with others.

Many Americans are familiar with the uncomfortable experience of having a 6-inch cotton swab poked deep in their nasal cavities, but there are also tests that can be completed at home that involve a simple spit in a tube — and they are just as accurate and reliable as their more painful counterpart, experts say.

Ever since the first emergency use authorization was issued for an at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test in May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued more for companies across the country.

Experts say they are easier to process in the lab, more comfortable for the patient and safer for health care professionals. The downside? Most at-home coronavirus saliva tests are costly, and in some cases, your insurance won’t cover the

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Cheap, rapid, at-home tests could rival a vaccine in the fight against COVID-19. Why can’t Americans get them?

Even as advocates cite bureaucratic red tape blocking fast and cheap home coronavirus tests, the federal government’s regulatory agency overseeing testing says it will be flexible and encourage developers to seek approval.

Why widespread COVID-19 testing is crucial to fighting the coronavirus pandemic

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The Food and Drug Administration issued a document on July 29 calling for home tests to correctly identify the virus at least 90% of the time. But a high-ranking FDA official overseeing testing told USA TODAY the agency will consider tests with lower sensitivity. 

Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said the agency’s recommendations issued more than two months ago are “starting points.”  

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“Our door has been open, and we’re very flexible because we’re trying to do all we can,

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Stephen Miller Tests Positive as White House Outbreak Grows

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On Tuesday evening, senior administration officials confirmed that Stephen Miller, Mr. Trump’s top speechwriter and a policy adviser, had tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of Mr. Trump’s close aides who have the virus.

“Over the last five days I have been working remotely and self-isolating, testing negative every day through yesterday,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “Today, I tested positive for Covid-19 and am in quarantine.”

Mr. Miller is married to Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s communications director. A senior administration official said Ms. Miller, who contracted the virus this spring and returned to work in May, was tested Tuesday morning and was negative for any new infection.

On Tuesday, many White House offices were empty as officials stayed

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JPMorgan Reportedly Sends NYC Workers Home As Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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A JPMorgan equities trading employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg, leading the bank to send some Manhattan workers home ahead of a planned return to the office next week for more workers at the banking giant.

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The employee reportedly worked on the fifth floor of JPMorgan’s 383 Madison Ave. building, according to Bloomberg, citing an anonymous person who knew of the matter, which was not public prior to Tuesday.

JPMorgan employees were told on Sunday about their colleague testing positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.

The reported infection comes ahead of orders from JPMorgan’s C-suite for their senior sales and trading employees to return to the office September 21.

Bloomberg reported Monday that JPMorgan’s worker productivity plummeted among younger workers at the beginning

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