February 10, 2023
This week, the FDA has updated its step-by-step guide to help Americans report their over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 test results.
The initiative is part of the agency’s efforts to better capture the spread of the virus and monitor data in real time. The update comes as COVID-19 remained a concern for many households during the winter holidays, but deaths and severe cases fell below previous years’ peaks.
“While taking a rapid COVID-19 test has become commonplace, test results are not often reported,” the National Institutes of Health noted. “COVID-19 test results provide valuable data that public health departments can use to assess the needs and modify the responses in the local community, the state, or the nation.”
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP urges everyone to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine status and to get tested if they experience symptoms. Learn more about the FDA’s at-home testing initiative online.
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