The FDA approved the first COVID-19 home rapid test.
The agency has granted permission for the emergency use of a 30-minute test kit from the California manufacturer Lucira Health. The test is prescription-only and approved only for people over 14 years of age.
“This new version of the test is an important diagnostic achievement aimed at combating the pandemic and reducing the burden of disease transmission on the population,” said Commissioner of Management, Dr. Stephen Hahn.
The test works in 2 stages. First, users take a nose swab, which is then placed in a bottle, it must be inserted into a portable device for testing. Within 30 minutes, the device interprets the results and displays a positive or negative COVID-19 test result.