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FDA provides path for authorization of at-home COVID-19 tests

FDA provides path for authorization of at-home COVID-19 tests

Business
March 16 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday introduced a path for manufacturers to receive emergency authorization for take-home COVID-19 tests. The agency issued a supplemental template that would allow point-of-care or at-home tests to be authorized for over-the-counter use without validating how they perform on people without systems. Advertisement "We believe this effort will pave the way for further expanding the availability of tests authorized for screening asymptomatic individuals, help bolster existing and new testing programs and increase consumer access to testing," FDA medical device director Jeffrey Shuren said in a statement. The template will allow developers to seek emergency use authorization for kits that will allow businesses to conduct COVID-19 screen...
US election results: Trump sues as path to victory over Biden narrows

US election results: Trump sues as path to victory over Biden narrows

World
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China slowdown might shed light on COVID-19’s path through U.S.

China slowdown might shed light on COVID-19’s path through U.S.

Health
March 20 (UPI) -- Assuming people comply with public health guidance on the new coronavirus, such as social distancing and hand hygiene, researchers say the trajectory of the disease in the United States could mimic what has happened in China and South Korea. According to an analysis by Our World in Data, China -- where the COVID-19 outbreak began -- saw a rapid rise in new cases after the 100th person was diagnosed with the disease in mid-January. That spike lasted until roughly 30 days later, when new case numbers were still high, but stable. Now, some 60 days later, officials in China have reported no new "localized" cases for two consecutive days. South Korea, due in large part to an aggressive testing campaign, saw numbers of new cases stabilize, albeit at elevated levels, roughly 3...
Stray Kids follow their own path

Stray Kids follow their own path

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As K-pop has evolved over the years, it has become more common to see groups take reign of their discographies by crafting their own sound and stories -- and thus their identities as performers. One such group that's doing that is JYP Entertainment's newest male ensemble, Stray Kids, which penned most of their tracks before an official debut two years ago. "To be a part of those groups that produce, that make music, is a really big honor," the group's leader, Bang Chan, said on a phone call with UPI just before the San Jose, Calif., stop on their 2020 District 9: Unlock World Tour. "But the reason we think it's important for us to make our own music genuinely and perform it for our fans is we're the ones who are doing it. We think that [with] everything we ...
Do not be here on Saturday: Stark warning for those in path of bushfires

Do not be here on Saturday: Stark warning for those in path of bushfires

World
Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to leave parts of Australia's eastern coastline, as raging bushfires threaten lives.The south coast of New South Wales will experience extreme danger from fires this weekend, with temperatures forecast to pass 40C (104F).New South Wales Rural Fire Service said on social media that the area between Batemans Bay and the border with the state of Victoria "is not safe".They instructed tourists in the area, which is popular during summer holidays, to leave, adding: "Do not be in this area on Saturday". Image: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews flies over the East Gippsland fires in Victoria, Australia The warning prompted a rush to escape the zone, which includes the towns of Narooma and Bega.Tra...