NEW YORK (CBSNEWS.COM) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first authorized at-home coronavirus test. The test will be made available first to health care workers and first responders, and is expected to go on sale for consumers in most states within weeks.
We received approval from @US_FDA to perform #COVID19 tests using an at-home collection kit. These kits reduce the need of #PPE used by healthcare workers. Initially, kits will be made available to frontline healthcare workers and first responders. https://t.co/X4XQmHDxRN pic.twitter.com/vKsKucclifREAD MORE: Cook Children's Explains Its Cancelling Of Elective Surgeries Due To Spike In COVID-19 Cases
— LabCorp (@LabCorp) April 21, 2020READ MORE: 'They've Missed So Much Already': North Texas Parents Plan Homecoming Dance After School District Cancels Due To COVID-19
The test, called the Pixel, is a nasal swab kit developed and sold by LabCorp. Patients will collect their own samples using a special sterile swab provided in the kit and then send it in to one of the company’s labs for analysis.MORE NEWS: Gov. Abbott Signs $2B Texas Border Security Bill Into Law In Fort Worth