At-home testing could transform the fight against the novel coronavirus.
The nation’s first Food and Drug Administration authorized home coronavirus test will cost about $50 and deliver results in 30 minutes or less.
But forget about the test if you want to know whether you have COVID-19 before visiting family for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit will be limited to patients at Sutter Health in Northern California and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Miami-Fort Lauderdale until next spring. And even then, you must have symptoms and a health provider’s referral to get the test.
With the nation’s labs, doctors and urgent care centers routinely testing more than 1.5 million Americans each day, experts don’t expect the new test will make an immediate and meaningful difference for most Americans.
“I’m afraid in the near future, it’s not going to have a large impact,” said Dr.