First At-Home Coronavirus Test Approved by FDA

First At-Home Coronavirus Test Approved by FDA

The first at-home COVID-19 test will soon be available for $50.

The FDA announced on November 17 that it had approved the first diagnostic at-home self-administered coronavirus test, according to NPR.

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit will be sold for $50. The molecular single-use test works by being swirled in a swabbed sample and placed in a hand-held test unit. Results are available in 30 minutes, with the unit’s display lighting up to inform users of a positive or negative test result.

“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,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn.

The test will be available via prescription to people who are 14-years-old and older. Younger patients must receive the test from a health care professional.

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