Home and School Based COVID-19 Card Based Tests

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.

Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

11 thoughts on “Home and School Based COVID-19 Card Based Tests”

  1. The difference is those are chronic illnesses, you can have the issues for years under management and you don't die untill you do. COVID19 is such that if you get it and it hits you hard, you die in 3 weeks or less typically. As for automotive death's, that more of a numbers game, it's the frequency of opportunities for death.

    Additionally, death rates for COVID-19 are settling around 0.5-1%. So about 3-5x as deadly as the seasonal flu.

    The argument that "victim had a health condition and would have most likely died anyway" is a complete fallacy. The majority of the health conditions that cause it to kill you are chronic, long term, managed conditions. You don't get to blame a chronic condition that might kill you in the next 5-10 years just to make the numbers look better. Of it kills you in 5 years or 6 weeks what's the difference right?

    That would be like blaming a previous neck injury on the death of a person who breaks their neck and dies in a car accident.

    The personal injury lawyer mentality is strong in you. Did you work for insurance companies in another life.

  2. How do you define disaster? Millions of people die in the US every year from cancer, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, etc. No one calls those disasters. Look at the CDC stats on mortality in the US. Now compare those to COVD. The numbers aren't even close. Now factor out those COVID deaths in which the victim had a health condition and would have most likely died anyway. Now the numbers shrink to a bad flu season.

  3. I recall COVID being compared to SARS in terms of lethality. I mostly remember the CDC saying it had the potential to be 5x more lethal then the flu – which kills maybe in the tens of thousands annually. Which is nothing compared to the hundreds of thousands who die of cancer each year. That's my whole point – here we are 9 months or more into this thing and people still don't understand this disease presents a very low risk to the general population. And still Chicken Little continues to run rampant.

  4. Not extinction level but, judging by the ICU videos from Wuhan, Italy, Spain, and New York it would have been a disaster if we hadn't started social distancing. But whereas that did lower the curve, it spread it out with the same number of susceptibles in the population. Hence, where we are now.

  5. Yeah, you gotta get people to accept rats and fleas as part of their natural habitat again before that'll happen.

    As it was, going by the news videos out of Wuhan and early coverage of this, it sure seemed like this was going to be an extinction-level plague…

  6. I'd hate to see what would happen if a truly dangerous disease came along, i.e. a 21st century version of the 1347-1351 Black Death. Most likely the liberal-anarcho-fascists would want the entire population to shelter in place until everyone starved to death.

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