New Delhi: The US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, approved the first-ever COVID-19 self-testing kit for home use that will provide results within 30 minutes.
The single test use, made by Lucira Health, a California-based manufacturer has been granted emergency authorisation for home use.
How does it work?
Users can self collect nasal swab samples. The sample is then swirled in a hand-held test unit that provides results within 30 minutes or less. A light display on the unit shows whether the person is COVID positive or negative.
“While the COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorised for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home,” FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn was quoted as saying in media reports.
The approval of at-home-self-test can have a huge impact on the testing regime throughout the United States.