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Is It Covid or Flu? New At-Home Test Spots Multiple Viruses

  • FDA grants emergency use authorization to Labcorp Covid test
  • First non-prescription test for multiple respiratory viruses


Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

An at-home Covid-19 test that can also detect other common respiratory viruses like the flu was authorized for emergency use Monday by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The test is made by Labcorp, a laboratory testing company based in North Carolina, and is the first non-prescription test authorized to look for multiple respiratory viruses in one sample. Covid symptoms can be similar to those from other respiratory illnesses like the flu and respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, so the new test is meant to help people more easily determine which virus they have.