Original Post by BY ALAN BOYLE on March 20, 2020 at 6:41 pm
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about unauthorized kits that are being marketed to test for coronavirus in the home.
“At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19,” the agency said today in a news release.
Several companies have begun marketing test kits that let consumers to take their own samples, using nasal swabs and/or saliva collection kits, and then send them in to a lab for analysis. In some cases, the consumer is asked to provide a spit sample, as an alternative or a backup.
In today’s alert, the FDA left the door open for the use of such tests.
“The FDA sees the public health value in expanding the availability of COVID-19 testing through safe and accurate tests that may include home collection, and we are actively working with test developers in this space,” the agency said.