Nasal-sample test kit approved by US FDA

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In another breakthrough, the US Food and Drug Administration department gave green light to the first Do-It-Yourself (DIY) coronavirus test kit on Saturday, that tests coronavirus with nasal sample. The kits, will add to the array of at-home options for coronavirus test kits.

The Food and Drug Administration on April 21 approved a first at-home nasal sample collection kit under an arrangement that sends such samples to LabCorp, a major chain of laboratories. The kits have been developed by Everlywell and the sample can then be processed with several diagnostic tests.

Earlier this month, the FDA had given approval to a test developed by Rutgers University which uses a saliva sample taken at home and sent to a Rutgers lab.

The Deccan Herald reported that the kit contains nasal swabs to collect a sample and a tube of saline solution to transport it to a specified lab.

“The authorization of a COVID-19 at-home collection kit that can be used with multiple tests at multiple labs not only provides increased patient access to tests, but also protects others from potential exposure,” said Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The FDA added that the two kits that have been authorized for checking samples gathered with the Everlywell device, and others may get the green light.

As per the data on Worldometer, there have been more than 90,000 deaths due to COVID-19 in the USA with more than 15,000,000 active cases.