POSTED ON MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020 12:43 PM

The FDA has approved the first at-home COVID-19 test kit, which will allow for home health care workers and their patients to have greater access to testing. As a starting point, health care workers and first responders who have been exposed to the coronavirus and/or are showing symptoms will be given first access to the new tests.

“This is a great first step in providing more widespread testing to the health care community — and eventually our clients,” Emma Dickison, CEO, and president of Home Helpers, told Home Health Care News. “We know, as we’ve been dealing with this pandemic, about the importance of widespread testing for our country to be able to help mitigate the virus. Without testing, it will be a challenge to get back to any kind of normalcy.”

“Throughout this pandemic, we have been facilitating test development to ensure patients access to accurate diagnostics, which includes supporting the development of reliable and accurate at-home sample collection options,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement. “Specifically, for tests that include home sample collection, we worked with LabCorp to ensure the data demonstrated from at-home patient sample collection is as safe and accurate as sample collection at a doctor’s office, hospital or other testing site.”

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