Covid-19 Home Tests Should Be Much Cheaper

Great news: the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its first over-the-counter, totally at-home test. Unlike previously authorized models, the Ellume COVID-19 Home Test requires neither a laboratory to process results, nor a health worker to facilitate, nor a prescription to purchase. Using an accompanying app that provides instructions and displays results, anyone can test themselves for Covid-19 and know their status in 15 to 20 minutes.

In terms of convenience, the Ellume test is difficult to beat, similar functionally to a home pregnancy test. Technically, it is a rapid antigen laminar flow test—a mouthful of a term that means the kit comes with a swab, a dropper, and a tiny capsule of processing fluid. After swabbing their tonsils, the user is instructed to mix their sample into the fluid for 15 seconds. An analyzer with Bluetooth capability, also included in the kit, scans the sample and sends the results to the user’s phone and, if a country’s infrastructure allows it, relevant health authorities.

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Originally published on Forbes (December 18, 2020)

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