Last week, several direct-to-consumer health companies announced they would start selling do-it-yourself, home-based coronavirus tests. But the Food and Drug Administration made it clear that these “fraudulent test kits” were not authorized, forcing home test makers to change their plans.
If you see a coronavirus test for sale that promises to test a mucus swab you took at home, don’t buy it. “We want to alert the American public that, at this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19,” the FDA announced on Friday.
Everlywell, which sells a variety of home test kits for everything from food sensitivity to hepatitis C, planned to launch a COVID-19 test on Monday, which would allow customers to take their own mucus samples and ship them off to a lab.
“We have decided to prioritize tomorrow’s supply of COVID-19 tests to hospitals and healthcare companies with workers on the front lines only,”…