JAMESTOWN – Tops Friendly Markets is selling a new at-home COVID-19 testing kit.
The Western New York grocery chain announced the new product on Monday.
The QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 test is manufactured by Quidel and distributed by McKesson.
The test is authorized under an FDA EUA for home use with a self-collected anterior nasal swab sample for those ages 2-years-old and up to determine a positive or negative COVID-19 result.
The kit includes two tests, which should be used over two to three days with at least 24 hours and no more than 36 hours between tests.
The swab containing the nasal sample is swirled in a tube of reagent solution, then removed, before a test strip is inserted. After just 10 minutes, you can remove the test strip out from the tube and see your results.
The manufacturer says to wait at least 24 hours, but no more than 36 hours, to use the second test.
In a clinical study, the QuickVue At- Home OTC COVID-19 Test identified positive cases 83.5 percent of the time, and identified negative cases 99.2 percent of the time when compared to molecular PCR results, the standard lab test that on average takes four to five days before receiving results.
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