People stand in line as they wait to get tested for COVID-19 at a just opened testing center in the Harlem section of New York on Monday. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption
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The fastest test being used to diagnose people infected with the coronavirus appears to be the least accurate test now in common use, according to new research obtained by NPR.
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic tested 239 specimens known to contain the coronavirus using five of the most commonly used coronavirus tests, including the Abbott ID NOW. The ID NOW has generated widespread excitement because it can produce results in less than 15 minutes.
But the ID NOW only detected the virus in 85.2% of the