Researchers at Stanford University are working on a COVID-19 test that people can administer in the comfort of their own homes.
The test, which detects the coronavirus in a person’s saliva, takes no more than 10 minutes to self-administer, and it delivers results within 30 minutes, according to Stanford researchers. Its accuracy rate is said to be equal to professional clinical tests.
A team led by Manu Prakash has invented a low-cost device that can be used at home for detecting the coronavirus in saliva. https://t.co/jSBHWKupaX
— Stanford Medicine (@StanfordMed) December 2, 2020
Developers say the test will be priced at about $5 when it becomes available.
Would more people test for COVID if they could do it themselves? Would the availability of home tests drive down the country’s coronavirus numbers?