Emeryville, California-based Lucira said the at-home test would be available with a prescription to test for SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A and Influenza B. The Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) platform has a sensitivity and specificity comparable to lab-based PCR assays, the company said, and runs on a palm-sized device for results from a single nasal swab within 30 minutes.
PCR tests pick up infectiousness faster than the rapid antigen tests commonly used at home, which are more likely to deliver false negatives and often don’t detect infections in the first few days when someone is contagious.
Lucira’s at-home COVID-19 test was the first to secure an EUA from the FDA in November 2020. The company said it hopes for its latest EUA ahead of the viruses co-circulating this fall and winter.