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Ottawa, Sep (Canadian-Media): The news regarding Health Canada's consideration to approve of home COVID-19 tests to screen for the virus, was welcomed by public health experts and doctors who were in favour of frequent and inexpensive testing to beat back the virus, media reports said.
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"In response to the evolution of the pandemic, Health Canada is now considering applications for home testing devices for screening purposes," said Cole Davidson, spokesperson for the minister of health said in a statement.
In June of this year, Health Canada had refused to review applications for home test kits as health ministry had expressed concerns of misuse of of home tests as well as misinterpretation of the results.
But this change could facilitate self-collection of samples which would sent to the labs for processing.
This would also encourage the development of new tests to detect the virus at home
Although when compared to laboratory tests, there is a risk of positive cases being missed by home tests, its cost-effectiveness should be considered, argued the advocates, and added that it would be very unlikely to miss people who are sick enough to be contagious.