Getting tested for the coronavirus is about to become a whole lot easier.
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday granted emergency use authorization to the very first over-the-counter COVID test. Manufactured by Australian company Ellume, the test uses the nasal swab method to check for the virus, says FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn.
“By authorizing a test for over-the-counter use, the FDA allows it to be sold in places like drug stores, where a patient can buy it, swab their nose, run the test and find out their results in as little as 20 minutes,” Hahn says.
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