FDA seeks data from at-home COVID-19 tests

The FDA is encouraging people to anonymously report the results of at-home COVID-19 tests to help public health officials better track virus trends.

The agency is requesting people voluntarily submit positive or negative results for every at-home test performed to the website makemytestcount.org.

This testing data can help public health departments know how fast the virus is spreading and allow them to tailor their responses accordingly, according to a Feb. 6 update on the FDA's website

The new initiative comes as many states have sunsetted their COVID-19 case reporting, and the CDC has scaled back to updating metrics on a weekly basis. The rise of at-home testing also means case numbers are just "the tip of the iceberg," Denis Nash, PhD, an epidemiologist at the City University of New York in New York City, told The Atlantic in October. 


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