For the first time, the FDA authorized tests to detect coronavirus and influenza infections.
Quest Diagnostics tests can be performed at home with the permission of a doctor. The FDA says patients can collect samples at home and ship them to the Quest Diagnostics laboratory for analysis.
“Today’s authorization to use samples collected at home for COVID-19 plus influenza testing is an important step in the FDA’s nationwide response to COVID-19. With the authorization of this test, the FDA is helping to resolve ongoing issues in the middle of the flu season. The fight against COVID-19 is important to many people, including the most vulnerable Americans. This is another example of the FDA working with test developers to bring important diagnoses to Americans.” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn Say.
“With only one swab or one sample, a combination of samples authorized for home collection can be used to obtain answers from Americans faster in a comfortable and relatively safe home environment, so that patients can continue to be isolated, Waiting for results. This efficiency can greatly help provide timely information to patients with unknown respiratory diseases.”
Coronavirus and flu can provide similar symptoms, such as cough, fever, and difficulty breathing.