A new at-home coronavirus test kit has been approved by the FDA, the administration announced Friday, and all it requires is a saliva sample.
Another home testing kit approved last month requires a nasal swab, the more established method that is also seen as more invasive. Users complained of discomfort and some weren’t able to collect proper samples for testing, Market Watch reported.
The spit test, developed by Rutgers University, is the only authorized saliva-based COVID-19 test available, according to the FDA. The FDA had given emergency approval for the saliva test in mid-April, but could only be administered by Rutgers in New Jersey.
The home kit is priced at around $100 and can only be ordered through a physician, the university told The New York Times.