At-Home Coronavirus Testing Kits Arriving Soon
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a project for at-home testing kits, which will allow people to check if they have the coronavirus by swabbing their noses and sending samples back for analysis.
Though a launch date is yet to be confirmed, the kits will initially be available in Seattle, US, with the aim to process thousands of tests a day. Results will be obtained within two days, and should someone test positive, they will be informed by local health officials and prompted to complete an online questionnaire to establish their movements and recent contacts. This makes it easier for health officials to locate others that may be affected and enables a more accurate tracking of the disease's spread.
"Although there's a lot to be worked out, this has enormous potential to turn the tide of the epidemic," Scott Dowell, leader of coronavirus response at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, told The Seattle Times.
Alongside offering a valuable tool for tackling the disease, the kits are also sure to appeal to a new breed of health consumer who values agency and engagement when it comes to managing their wellbeing. For more, see Empowering Future Patients, part of our recent Spotlight Trend The Healthcare Opportunity.