First-ever self-testing device for COVID-19 to enter the market: Here’s how you can use it
The Coronavirus self-test device will be available for purchase by March 2021 for $50
- The first-ever self-diagnostic molecular Coronavirus testing device by Lucira Health provides individuals accurate results at home.
- The self-test Covid-19 device has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The Coronavirus self-test device will be available for purchase by March 2021 for $50.
Lucira Health, a California-based biotechnology company, has created the first-ever self-diagnostic molecular Coronavirus test device to enable individuals to perform at home Covid-19 tests. The single-use test device delivers accurate results within 30 minutes.
The Covid-19 self-testing device has been granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA Commissioner, Stephen Hahn, issued an official statement and said:
The action underscores FDA’s ongoing commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing. This new testing option is an essential diagnostic advancement for addressing the pandemic and reducing disease transmission’s public burden.
While talking about the novel invention, CEO Lucira Health, Erik Engelson, said:
Molecular tests like Lucira’s are 50 to 60 times more sensitive than antigen tests and are considered the ‘gold standard’ for determining if someone is infected. Besides self-diagnosis, Lucira’s testing kit can be used in point-of-care (POC) settings such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, and emergency rooms for all ages.
It should be noted that the device will enter the market by March 2021. People will be able to buy Lucira Health’s self-diagnostic testing kit for $50.
How to use the self-diagnostic Covid-19 testing kit?
1. First, the individual must self-collect the nasal specimen on a swab. The person must insert the swab in the nose to reach depth equal to the distance from nostrils to the outer opening of the ear.
2. Gently rub and roll the swab inside the nostril.
3. Leave the swab in place for several seconds to absorb secretions.
4. Slowly remove the swab while rotating it.
5. Next, he/she may swirl the nasal swab sample in a vial.
6. Then the vial must be placed in the testing kit.
7. The individual may have to wait for approximately 30 minutes for the device to process and display the result.
8. Within 30 minutes, the individual may read the result directly from the kit’s light-up display that shows whether an individual is positive or negative for the SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease.
The FDA advises individuals who test positive for the virus to self-isolate and seek additional care from their health care provider.
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