FDA approves at-home testing kit from Quest Diagnostics for COVID-19


FILE – In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York’s Long Island. Wide scale testing is a critical part of tracking and containing infectious diseases. But the U.S. effort has been plagued by a series of missteps, including accuracy problems with the test kits the CDC sent to other labs and bureaucratic hurdles that slowed the entrance of large, private sector labs. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KOLR) — An at-home coronavirus testing kit from Quest Diagnostics has been quickly approved by the FDA.

Users will use a nasal swab and then FedEx the sample overnight to a testing lab.

The results will be available to the user on the website and mobile app, and will be shared with relevant health departments.

Quest says its plans to have 500,000 kits ready to send out by the end of June.

The company said it plans to make the tests available to health care workers, states and businesses for “return-to-work testing programs.”

Quest did not say how long it would take to receive results with the test.

Quest says they are rolling out the launch of this test later this month and will be able to provide more details then.

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