The first at-home test for coronavirus to get government approval, is getting praise from Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.). He’s a congressman and a doctor, and says the announcement is a “tremendous moment in the fight against COVID-19”.
The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit test has been authorized for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals age 14 and older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider, said a news release from the FDA.
It is also authorized for use in point-of-care (POC) settings (e.g., doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms) for all ages but samples must be collected by a healthcare provider when the test is used at the POC to test individuals younger than 14 years old.
The test is currently authorized for prescription use only.
“Since the beginning of this health care crisis, I have been advocating for increased access to testing for all Americans. In order to mitigate risk and continue safely reopening our economy, testing must remain a top priority,” said Bucshon.
“Now, instead of waiting in long lines and exposing health care workers, Americans can stay at home and test themselves with this FDA authorized at-home, rapid test that provides results in 30 minutes or less. I am greatly encouraged by the great work our scientists are doing in the fight against COVID-19.”
To take the test, you swab the inside of your nose with a swirling motion, put the swab in a vial and, like a pregnancy test, you get positive or negative results that light up within a half hour.