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Cue Health unveils its at-home COVID-19 test

San Diego-based Cue Health, which went public in September and is best known for providing COVID-19 testing to Google, the Department of Defense and the NBA, is now introducing a consumer version of its product, available for purchase. on Nov 15.

Why it matters: With experts predicting that the virus in one form or another will be with us for at least a few more years, home testing is likely to become a growing need for many people.

DetailsCue Health’s system includes individually packaged cartridge packs that also contain a nasal swab and a small square device that processes the test and connects to a mobile device via Bluetooth.

  • Everything has a white, simple design, reminiscent of Apple products.

Zoom in: Cue’s test, approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is a type of nucleic acid amplification (NAAT) test, and the company says its method has comparable accuracy to polymerase chain reaction tests (commonly referred to as “PCR tests”).

  • I took a test Monday morning, which involved downloading the app, setting up my account and wiping my nose (the app has clear step-by-step instructions with helpful videos). I got my result in just under half an hour. The app also makes it easy to print results in a format with full name, date of birth, and time the test was taken.
  • While customers can purchase the reader and cartridges separately, the company is introducing two subscription tiers ($49.99 and $89.99 per month) with annual test cartridge sets (and discounts on additional ones), free same- or next-day delivery, and a discount on the reading device. The reader will also be compatible with other tests that Cue has in store, such as the flu and sexually transmitted diseases.
  • The more expensive tier also includes test proctoring with a healthcare provider so that the test can meet international travel requirements.

What they say: “Right now in the market there is the story that you can either have accurate tests but it’s slow, or you can have fast tests but it’s less accurate,” Ayub Khattak, co-founder and CEO of Cue Health, told IPS. Axios, adding that his company’s goal is to provide both accuracy and speed.

Yes but: Cue can get a bit pricey – the test reader alone costs $249, with three packs of test cartridges for $225.

  • For example, Abbott’s BinaxNow and Quidel’s QuickVue at-home antigen tests cost $23.99 for a two-pack, while LabCorp’s home test is $124.99, although the latter takes a day or two for results as it ships to the company. for processing. However, antigen tests are less sensitive than PCR-type tests, and home versions have been criticized for not being as accurate.

It comes down to: As we return to a life that resembles ‘normal’, the demand for home testing will increase as people seek easier ways to check whether a sore throat is a symptom of COVID-19, or just a simple sore throat.

  • Although it varies widely across the country, getting a test in a clinic can still be a hassle and take several days.