FDA approves at-home sample collection kit

Coronavirus

(CNN) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light for medical labs to test at-home coronavirus sample kits. The federal government granted an emergency authorization to Everlywell Inc.

Healthcare providers can screen patients and sign off on them receiving the kit. The at-home test will use a nasal sample to test for the virus.

FDA officials said the at-home kits protect people from potential exposure. The Everlywell tests in the only authorized COVID-19 at-home sample collection kit. They are available by prescription only.

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