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When will Amazon offer an in-home diagnostic test for COVID-19?

One problem with COVID-19 testing is that it presently runs directly counter to stay-at-home orders. In order to get tested, one must leave one's home. A logical solution to this conundrum is to create at-home tests. This is already common practice for many conditions other than COVID-19. Amazon offers a wide array of FDA-approved medical diagnostic tests for use at home, notably including HIV.

Furthermore, the FDA has already approved an in-home diagnostic test for COVID-19. That said, the FDA's authorization only extends to swab kits to be prescribed by a doctor, administered at home, and sent back for analysis by LabCorp. A test which an individual consumer can order without the intervention of a doctor or laboratory remains over the horizon, but for how long?

When will Amazon offer an in-home diagnostic test for COVID-19?

This question resolves as the date at which an FDA-approved in-home diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2 infection can first be purchased by a US consumer from Question resolves as ambiguous if such a test is discovered on but an initial listing date cannot be determined (or press announcing the event cannot be found).


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