The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally approved the first home testing kit people can get to test for coronavirus.
The FDA recently announced the news via its website, and the announcement reads that approval has been made for LabCorp's COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. The testing kit contains nasal swabs and saline, and once potential patients have successfully gathered a sample, they will mail it back to LabCorp in the provided insulated package for testing. The idea behind this home testing kit is that people can perform tests in the comfort and convenience of their own home. Home testing kits will also play a pivotal role in getting the country back to where it was before COVID-19 existed.
LabCorp stresses that patients should only use the provided Q-tip-style cotton swab, and not any other cotton swabs when gathering a sample as some of the store-bought cotton swabs may not be sterile. According to FDA Commissioner, Stephen M. Hahn, "We worked with LabCorp to ensure the data demonstrated from at-home patient sample collection is as safe and accurate as sample collection at a doctor's office, hospital or other testing site. With this action, there is now a convenient and reliable option for patient sample collection from the comfort and safety of their home."
The FDA announcement says that LabCorp intends on making the home testing kit available to consumers in "most states, with a doctor's order, in the coming weeks".
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