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FDA allows use of over-the-counter home test for COVID-19

Virus Outbreak Home Test
Posted at 1:02 PM, Dec 15, 2020

A home test for COVID-19 will soon be on U.S. store shelves. U.S. officials on Tuesday cleared the first device that consumers can buy without a prescription to test themselves entirely at home.

Regulators granted use for a similar test last month, but it requires a doctor’s prescription.

The plastic test kit from Australian manufacturer Ellume allows users to swab themselves and develop the results at home.

The test connects to a digital app to help users interpret the results. Ellume says it will have 3 million tests available next month

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