FDA approves coronavirus at-home sample collection kit

FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, Hawaii state Department of Health microbiologist Mark Nagata demonstrates the process for testing a sample for coronavirus at the department's laboratory in Pearl City, Hawaii. An Associated Press analysis shows that some of the least-populated states, such as Hawaii, with relatively few coronavirus cases received an out-sized proportion of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address virus-related expenses. (Source: AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

(CNN) - The US Food and Drug Administration has given the green light for medical labs to test an at-home coronavirus sample kit.

The FDA granted an for their at-home sample collecting kit, the Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit。

The kits are available by prescription only. Patients must fill out an online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider before they can get a kit.

The at-home test will use a nasal sample to test for the virus. Once the samples are collected, they are shipped off to a certified lab and patients will receive their results online.

FDA officials say the at -home kits protects people from potential exposure.

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