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The US Food and Drug Administration approved an at-home Coronavirus test earlier this week

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an at-home Coronavirus test was approved earlier this week. LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit is the test that has been approved, which uses a naval swab to determine if one has COVID-19. The Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit contains nasal swabs, made out of a specific Q-tip-style cotton swab, and saline. After using the nasal swabs, the swabs are sent to a local LabCorp research lab to be tested. Patients are then told results once the tests have been administered. The FDA warns of using any other type of cotton swab than that in the test due to the unknown sterility and cross-reactivity. ~

The FDA has been working to find COVID-19 tests to approve in order to get the world back to normal as soon as possible. “Throughout this pandemic, we have been facilitating test development to ensure patients access to accurate diagnostics, which includes supporting the development of reliable and accurate at-home sample collection options,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn. The FDA is specifically trying to find tests that are accurate and can be taken at home. Hahn said, “The FDA’s around-the-clock work since this outbreak began has resulted in the authorization of more than 50 diagnostic tests and engagement with over 350 test developers. Specifically, for tests that include home sample collection, we worked with LabCorp to ensure the data demonstrated from at-home patient sample collection is as safe and accurate as sample collection at a doctor’s office, hospital, or other testing sites. With this action, there is now a convenient and reliable option for patient sample collection from the comfort and safety of their home.” ~

The administration of this at-home test will allow for more widespread testing throughout the United States and hopefully give medical professionals an idea of how many people actually have or have had COVID-19. ~

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