Updated 11/18/20

Since SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes the pneumonia-like illness COVID-19, emerged at the end of last year, the virus has spread at an alarming rate, prompting the World Health Organization to declare the outbreak a pandemic and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare a public health emergency. Use these resources to help understand COVID-19 and be proactive about prevention.

See information for Patients and Health Professionals below.

News and Spotlights
FDA Authorizes First At-home COVID-19 Test

November 18, 2020

On November 17, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization for the first diagnostic test that individuals can use at home to test themselves for COVID-19. The test can also be used by healthcare providers in point-of-care settings, such as emergency rooms, hospitals, healthcare practitioners’ offices, and urgent care centers. Although previous tests were authorized for self-collecting nasal samples at home, the samples had to be shipped to laboratories for testing. The newly authorized test is a rapid PCR test that detects the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The test is authorized for use at home by individuals age 14 and older who are thought to have COVID-19 by their healthcare practitioners. Children younger than age 13 must be tested in a healthcare setting.

“While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D in a press release. “This new testing option is an important diagnostic advancement to address the pandemic and reduce the public burden of disease transmission.”

For more information, read the November 17, 2020 FDA Press Release and the agency’s FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2.

Learn about the pros and cons of home testing: With Home Testing, Consumers Take Charge of Their Health 

Thanksgiving and COVID-19

November 9, 2020

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a Lab Tests Online Collaborating Partner. IDSA members across the country are on the front lines of COVID-19 responses in their communities. IDSA offers resources to help members of the public make informed decisions during this challenging time.

"With the holiday season approaching, many families are making decisions and plans about how to celebrate in a way that is joyful but still safe. The decisions every family makes today can have an effect on what life is like a few months from now," says IDSA. "No matter how you celebrate, continue to wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, wear a mask when in public, and importantly, stay home if you or anyone you have been exposed to is sick."  

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Thanksgiving celebrations and COVID-19

For Patients
Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

COVID-19 Signs and Symptoms

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Comparing COVID-19 Tests

Comparing COVID-19 tests

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For Health Professionals
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