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FDA Now Recommends Taking Up to 3 At-Home COVID Tests To Confirm Negative Result

Health: “To reduce the risk that an infection may be missed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now recommending that individuals using coronavirus antigen tests take at least three tests, instead of the previously recommended two tests. The agency issued the updated recommendations as children across the country prepare to return to school and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased guidelines for quarantining after exposure to COVID-19.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising people to perform repeat, or serial, testing following a negative result on any at-home COVID-19 antigen test, to reduce the risk an infection may be missed (false negative result) and to help prevent people from unknowingly spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus to others,” the agency said in a press release. “The FDA recommends repeat testing following a negative result whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms.”

Here’s a closer look at the new recommendations, what inspired them, and how the new guidance should be implemented…”

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