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Beware unauthorized COVID-19 test kits, government warns

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:38 PDT, Wed May 20, 2020

Health Canada is warning Canadians not to buy home diagnostic COVID-19 test kits.

These kits may provide inaccurate or false results. Because they have not been authorized by Health Canada, their safety, quality and effectiveness has not been reviewed.

Authorized COVID-19 test kits are intended for use only by healthcare professionals or other trained operators.

Last month, 1,500 unauthorized test kits were seized from a Richmond resident. Health Canada continues to work with the RCMP to take action on the sale of unauthorized test kits.

If you have purchased an unauthorized test kit that claims to diagnose or detect COVID-19, do not use it or rely on its results. Contact your local health authority for recommendations on testing services.

False or misleading advertising or sale of unauthorized products can be reported here.

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