Which At-Home COVID-19 Tests Have Been Recalled—And Which Are Still Safe to Use?

Which at-home COVID-19 tests are still considered safe to use?

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Even after recalls, you may still come into contact with an unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test. To help, the FDA has a list on their website of all at-home tests that have been authorized for emergency use. The following rapid antigen tests are safe to use in the US:

  • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Home Test
  • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test
  • BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card 2 Home Test
  • COVID-19 At-Home Test by SD Biosensor, Inc.
  • CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test
  • iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test
  • CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Home Test
  • BD Veritor At-Home COVID-19 Test
  • SCoV-2 Ag Detect Rapid Self-Test by InBios International, Inc.
  • InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid Test
  • Celltrion DiaTrust COVID-19 Ag Home Test
  • QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test
  • Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test
  • InteliSwab COVID-19 Rapid Test Rx
  • QuickVue At-Home COVID-19 Test
  • Ellume COVID-19 Home Test

These molecular diagnostic tests are also FDA authorized for at-home use:

  • Detect Covid-19 Test
  • Lucira CHECK-IT COVID-19 Test Kit
  • Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over The Counter Use
  • Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), there are a few additional ways to make sure your at-home COVID-19 test is legitimate, like scoping out the seller before you purchase a test (it’s best to purchase tests from trusted sources, like pharmacies and retail chains). If you do decide to purchase an at-home test online, it’s important to look at online reviews to make sure the seller is trustworthy.

And if you’re worried one of your at-home tests has been recalled, check the FDA’s online list of recalls and its safety communications webpage. “If anyone is concerned that their test may be affected by a recall, these would be the two places to check,” FDA press officer James McKinney tells Health. “Each issue is different, so individuals should check the details of the communication to see if it may affect their test.” But again, if you buy your test from a reputable place—or order it directly from the government—you should be able to trust your purchase.

The information in this story is accurate as of press time. However, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, it’s possible that some data have changed since publication. While Health is trying to keep our stories as up-to-date as possible, we also encourage readers to stay informed on news and recommendations for their own communities by using the CDC, WHO, and their local public health department as resources.

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