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FDA Approves New At-Home COVID Test

By: Eris Lowdermilk



The FDA just authorized the first at-home COVID-19 test. It is mainly for emergency use only, such as in situations where people 14 and older take a swab test from the nose and receive rapid results.


It is an All-in-One test kit by Lucira, that is self-collected and the patient must be suspected to have COVID-19 by a health provider. For ages 14 and up the test is permitted to be fulfilled at home, while 14 and under are suggested the test to be collected at a doctor’s office or hospital.


The test results are available in 30 minutes or less. This is a huge advancement for COVID testing in the United States.


FDA. (2020, November 17). Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-covid-19-test-self-testing-home




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