Various companies will be making card-based COVID-19 tests. These will be simple to use and will be similar to some home pregnancy tests. They will eventually be usable at home but will be usable at schools in the next couple of months. The US government has bought the initial supplies for testing at nursing homes.
Production levels will reach about 50 million tests per month per company.
Abbot has a test. A swab is taken from the patient’s nose. The swab sample is twirled on a test card with a testing reagent added. After waiting 15 minutes, the results are read directly from the testing card. One line indicates a negative result and two lines indicate a positive result.
Abbott plans to make up to 50 million tests available monthly in the U.S. at the beginning of October 2020.
Several other companies have similar tests.
SOURCES- FDA, CNBC
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