FDA authorizes antibody test that uses blood collected at home

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The FDA has granted emergency use authorization for the first COVID-19 antibody test that allows patients to collect blood at home.

The Symbiotica COVID-19 self-collected antibody test system enables adults to obtain a fingerstick dried blood sample at home from themselves or from a child age 5 or older and send it to a Symbiotica laboratory for analysis, according to the agency. The test is intended to aid in identifying individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating a prior infection.

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