The UC San Diego Health System has developed a diagnostic test that can determine whether a patient has contracted the novel coronavirus in about eight hours.

Developed under guidance that the FDA published roughly two weeks ago amid the severe shortage of tests for the viral illness, COVID-19, UCSD Health developed and validated an in-house test in nine days, according to an emailed statement distributed late Friday.

UCSD Health, one of five academic medical centers within the 10-campus University of California system, started using the test Tuesday to diagnose patients, it said. So far, however, capacity has been limited: It can… Read more »