FDA Approves At-Home COVID Test

Getting tested for the coronavirus is about to become a whole lot easier.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted emergency use authorization to the very first over-the-counter COVID test. Manufactured by Australian
company Ellume, the test uses the nasal swab method to check for the virus, says FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn.

“By authorizing a test for over-the-counter use, the FDA allows it to be sold in places like drug stores, where a patient can buy it, swab their nose, run the test and find out their results in as little as 20 minutes,” Hahn says.

Do most people trust the results of at-home tests?

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