- Jun 23, 2016
No joke an Australian company based in the best city in the Kingdom of Queensland... Brisbane! Yes I'm biased cause I live there but anyway this company created an at home test that connects via bluetooth to a smartphone and can provide results in ~15 minutes.Rapid testing plan:
Ellume’s COVID-19 Home Test, is an over-the-counter, rapid self-test that detects SARS-CoV-2 antigen and provides results in 15 minutes.
Now the company has published extensive testing of their product (the published papers you can see on the link above), with surprisingly accurate results. Unfortunately, the product hasn't been approved for use in Australia (or any country) outside of the US but it's just US$50 (AU$68) per test which includes the single-use testing device and that also includes a video chat to a person to verify identify/check test is being performed correctly.
Now before someone says "oh but $68 is expensive". Firstly I say think/look at the cost of the current NSW lockdown and also in NZ someone did their equivalent of a freedom of information to discover that the government was paying around ~AU$70 per PCR test.
All it would take is the AU govt to "emergency use approve" the product and in theory, it and a few other similar at-home tests could be rolled out within weeks (heck if they put their heads to it before the end of the week).
Then people could perform their own rapid tests in the comfort of their own homes and safely go out to work/school/shop without infecting others.