November 19, 2020

FDA authorizes first home test for COVID-19

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 17 issued an emergency use authorization for the first rapid COVID-19 self-test that a person can administer at home.

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit has to be prescribed by a healthcare provider, and the healthcare provider has to report the results to public health authorities. The home test is for those 14 years of age or older.


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The test also can be used in patient care settings, with nasal swab specimens collected by the provider in those under age 14.

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