Pittsburgh physician optimistic about newly approved at-home COVID-19 test

FDA approves at-home COVID-19 test

PITTSBURGH — A UPMC infectious disease physician is optimistic about the first at-home COVID-19 test approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Called Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit, it includes a sterile swab, a sample vial, a test unit, batteries and a plastic disposable bag.

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The FDA said once a person swabs their nose, it gets put into the vial. In about 30 minutes, the test unit will light up for either positive or negative.

“I think anything we can do to help get high quality testing to people who are sympathetic and need testing the better,” UPMC Infectious Disease Physician Elise Martin said. “So, I think anything we have to help to have more options, I think that’s a really positive thing for our community.”

A prescription is needed for the at-home test, which will likely limit its use initially. However, the FDA has also authorized it for use in doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms.

FDA approves 1st self-test COVID-19 kit for home use