FDA approves first coronavirus test that delivers rapid results at home

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first rapid coronavirus test that can be taken at home and deliver results within minutes, potentially allowing people to skip long lines at testing sites as infections continue to surge nationwide.



a large building: FDA officials announced Tuesday that they had granted emergency approval to the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home.


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FDA officials announced Tuesday that they had granted emergency approval to the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home.

The single-use test kit from Lucira Health, Inc. relies on nucleic acid amplification technology, which is considered more accurate than antigen tests. It will cost less than $50, according to the company’s website.

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U.S. FDA approves first COVID-19 test kit for home use

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(Reuters) – The U.S. 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 aged 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 and point-of-care settings but samples should be collected by a healthcare provider if the individuals who are tested are younger than 14 years, the

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The federal government has approved the first at-home coronavirus test. Pictured is a more-typical testing site in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. The at-home tests could provide faster results.

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The federal government has approved the first at-home coronavirus test. Pictured is a more-typical testing site in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. The at-home tests could provide faster results.

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Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

The first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home self-test that provides rapid results has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced Tuesday.

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular single-use test.

“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 in a statement.

Hahn added: “This new testing option is an important diagnostic

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