FDA reminds users of at home COVID-19 tests to use and store them properly

With the Omicron subvariant BA2 on the rise, the FDA is reminding users of at-home COVID-19 tests to store them correctly and take precautions when using them. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Within days of launching COVIDtest.gov over two months ago, White House officials said that the number of requests for at-home COVID-19 tests surpassed 60 million. Many of us likely put them under our bathroom sinks or medicine cabinets, waiting for a new variant to be discovered so that you could have them on hand and test quickly.

Because of this, the FDA is warning users that the liquid included is harmful if swallowed or if it comes in contact with skin, nose, mouth, or eyes. The agency is reminding users to keep all parts of at-home COVID-19 test kits out of reach from children and pets before and after use. Also, store the at-home COVID-19 test in its box until you are ready to use it.

The FDA has received reports of injuries caused by incorrect use of at-home COVID-19 tests, including people accidentally putting liquid test solution in their eyes when small vials of test solution were mistaken for eye drops.

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