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New At Home Coronavirus Test Facts

6 Facts You Need to Know About the New At-Home Coronavirus Test

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved broad use of a COVID-19 at-home test. This new and rare emergency use authorization from the FDA was given to a company called LabCorp for a new product called Pixel. The home coronavirus test kits will help more people determine if they have the deadly COVID-19 contagion, without endangering the lives of the medical professionals previously needed to perform testing.

1. The test will first go out to health care workers and first responders.
Doctors, nurses, administrators, and first responders who are dealing with coronavirus patients are at the highest risk of getting the COVID-19 contagion. In LabCorp’s announcement, they revealed that the home-testing kit would first go to those on the front lines.

2. You have to complete an online screening to get the test.
Once the home testing kit is more widely available, you’ll be able to purchase your own COVID-19 kit online after completing a short health screening survey that determines your likelihood of contracting the virus.

3. The kit costs $119.
According to the LabCorp site, the at-home kit to collect your sample and ship it back to the company’s lab costs $119. “Our price includes the materials in your kit, two-way overnight shipping, physician services from PWNHealth, and the testing of your sample in LabCorp’s world-class lab.

4. The at-home COVID-19 test is a nasal swab.
The self-collection kit includes everything you need to collect your sample, along with easy to understand instructions. The self-test is a nasal swab, but LabCorp includes a nasal sample collection video so users can learn how to do the at-home test properly.

5. And you’ll send it back via FedEx.
After your sample is collected, you’ll send it back to LabCorp in a pre-paid FedEx package provided in the kit. “Samples must be dropped in a FedEx drop box BEFORE the last pickup of the day,” LabCorp says.

6. You’ll be able to see your test results online.
According to LabCorp, you’ll learn the results of your COVID-19 test are ready via email notification. Then, “you can access them online in your secure Pixel by LabCorp account,” LabCorp says. “After receiving your COVID-19 results, you have the opportunity to talk to a licensed physician who can answer questions you may have about your results.”

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Recommendations:
Limit your exposure to coronavirus by staying away from large groups of people and anyone who has recently traveled. Watch for symptoms such as low grade fever (Below 100 degrees), headache, dry cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Click HERE for Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard.

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