The US Centers for Disease Control said coronavirus symptoms can linger for weeks, even in healthy people who don’t have a severe case of the virus.
The CDC recently surveyed 292 people who tested positive, with 35-percent stating they were not back to their usual good health even two or three weeks after testing positive, according to a CNN report.
Older adults were most affected with prolonged symptoms, but young adults with underlying conditions also reported issues with recovery for a longer period.
Using data from Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 4.145 million cases of coronavirus and 146,050 deaths have been reported in the U.S.
Health officials have continuously called for more testing to help slow the spread of the virus. Even individuals without symptoms can spread the virus, according to the report.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the first coronavirus test specifically designed to catch cases among asymptomatic individuals.
The FDA said LabCorp’s diagnostic test, known as COVID-19 RT-PCR, has been proven to detect the virus in asymptomatic people.
The emergency use authorization from the FDA also allows LabCorp to conduct pool testing, with up to five samples at once.
“By authorizing another test for use with pooled samples, we also further help increase the possibility that patients may be able to receive results sooner, while also conserving vital testing supplies, which are under increased demand during the pandemic,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn said in a Friday release.
“Continuing to facilitate increased access to accurate and reliable tests for all Americans is critically important and the FDA continues to work around the clock with test developers to support this goal.”
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