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Rapid COVID-19 Test Gives Results at Home in Just 30 Minutes

Nov 18, 2020

Image: The Boston Globe

Faizel Patel – 18/11/2020

(Twitter: @FaizelPatel143)

U.S. regulators have allowed the emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and testing sites.

However, the test will require a prescription, likely limiting its initial use.

The FDA granted emergency authorization to the single-use test kit from Lucira Health, a California manufacturer.

The company’s test allows users to swab themselves to collect a nasal sample.

The sample is then swirled in a vial of laboratory solution that plugs into a portable device.

Results are displayed as lights labeled positive or negative.

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