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The FDA approves the primary mixed COVID-19 flu take a look at utilizing self-collected samples

December 07, 2020

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The FDA announced that it has approved the first combination test that allows patients to take saliva samples at home and have them tested in a laboratory for the presence of COVID-19, influenza A, and influenza B.

The use of the RC COVID-19 + flu RT-PCR test (Quest Diagnostics) in conjunction with the self-collection kit for COVID-19 + flu (Quest Diagnostics) is “consistent with COVID” for people with a respiratory viral infection -19 “provided. and for whom home collection is rated “appropriate” by a health care provider, the agency said.

Certain people can now collect saliva samples at home and have them tested in a laboratory for the presence of COVID-19, influenza A, and influenza B, according to the FDA. Photo source: Adobe Stock.

The combination tests “can be used to provide faster answers to Americans regarding the comfort and relative safety of their home, which allows patients to continue to be quarantined until the results are in,” said the FDA commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, MD, said in a press release. “This efficiency can go a long way in making information available to people with unknown respiratory disease in a timely manner.”

On its website, Quest Diagnostics stated that it takes approximately 2 to 3 days for all patients and 2 days for “priority patients” (e.g. hospital patients) to receive antibody and molecular diagnostic test results.

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