ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A local health expert has some words of caution about those new FDA-approved home COVID-19 tests.
"It's incredibly helpful if it's positive. In other words, if you have a positive test from this then you likely do have coronavirus and you should start to follow the same protocols as anyone else who is positive," says SLU Care general internist Dr. Fred Buckhold at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.
But if the test comes back negative he says "you still might have the coronavirus and still need to follow the right safety precautions."
The over-the-counter kit is $30 and will be available is stores around the country after the first of the new year. It requires no prescription and uses a nasal swab and a digital analyzer that connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth.
Results can be delivered in as little as 20 minutes.
While they do a good job identifying if you have COVID-19, we still need to be cautious about those negative results, Buckhold says.