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Beware of Fake or Faulty At-Home Covid-19 Tests

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Beware of Fake or Faulty At-Home Covid-19 Tests


Fake and inaccurate Covid-19 tests are everywhere these days.

In January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released an official warning for people to watch out for recalled or fake home Covid-19 tests, noting that unauthorized at-home testing kits are popping up online as opportunistic scammers take advantage of the spike in demand. 

While some tests are counterfeit, others by legitimate companies have been recalled for being inaccurate. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about two home tests manufactured by Empowered Diagnostics: the Empowered Diagnostics CovClear Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test and ImmunoPass Covid-19 Neutralizing Antibody Rapid Test. Not only were they not FDA approved, even though the box makes that claim, but the agency also raised concerns about the potential for inaccurate results. 

Empowered isn’t the first test to be recalled. Last October, home test kits by diagnostics manufacturer Ellume were recalled by the FDA for false positives. Then in November, more than 200,000 Flowflex Covid antigen rapid tests by ACON Laboratories were recalled for incorrect results.

Using inaccurate or fake products isn’t just a waste of money for employees and businesses providing them, it also increases your risk of unknowingly spreading Covid-19 or preventing employees from getting appropriate treatment. There’s also legal risk. If an employee can prove they contracted Covid-19 at work, they can sue for reckless endangerment and…

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