FDA authorizes first prescription at-home coronavirus test

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The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the first prescription at-home coronavirus test, in a long-awaited milestone.

The test, developed by Lucira Health, can be used by people who are at least 14 years old when their health provider suspects they have Covid-19, the FDA said late Tuesday. The test can be used on younger people, but in that case a health care provider must collect the sample.

The test involves swabbing the inside of the nose, placing the swab in a vial and swirling it before putting the vial in a “test unit.” The process gives results in 30 minutes or less.

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Dr. Vin Gupta wants all households to have access to a home test.