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FDA approves first COVID-19 test kit for home use



Washington, United States  /  Wed, November 18, 2020  /  10:41 am
FDA approves first COVID-19 test kit for home use

A handout picture released by LHR Airports Limited on October 20, 2020 shows a nurse swabbing the throat of a traveler as he administers a COVID-19 test in Heathrow Airport in west London. (LHR AIRPORTS LIMITED/AFP/File)

The US Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it had approved the first COVID-19 self-testing kit for home use that provides results within 30 minutes.

The single-use test, made by Lucira Health, has been given emergency use authorization for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals age 14 and older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider, the FDA said.

"While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home," FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said.

The kit can also be used at hospitals but samples should be collected by a healthcare provider if the individuals who are tested are younger than 14 years, the health regulator said.

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