Cue Health, based in San Diego, which went public in September and is best known for providing COVID-19 testing to Google, the Department of Defense and the NBA, is currently launching a consumer version of its product, available for purchase on November 15.
Why is this important: With experts predicting that the virus will be with us for at least a few years in one form or another, home testing is likely to become a growing need for many people.
Details: The Cue Health system includes individually wrapped cartridge packs that also include a nasal swab and a small square device that processes the test and connects to a mobile device via Bluetooth.
- Everything has a simple white design, reminiscent of Apple products.
Zoom in: The Cue test, cleared for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration, is a type of nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), and the company says its method has comparable accuracy polymerase chain reaction tests (commonly referred to as “PCR tests”).
- I took a test on Monday morning, which consisted of downloading the app, setting up my account, and cleaning my nose (the app has clear, step-by-step instructions with helpful videos). I had my result in just under half an hour. The app also makes the results easily printable in a format that includes full name, date of birth, and time the test was taken.
- While customers will be able to purchase the drive and cartridges individually, the company is rolling out two subscription tiers ($ 49.99 and $ 89.99 per month) that include annual test cartridge sets (and cartridge discounts). additional), free the same day or the following day. delivery and a discount on the player. The meter will also be compatible with other tests Cue has in its pipeline, such as influenza and sexually transmitted infections.
- The most expensive level also includes monitoring of tests with a health care provider so that the test can meet the requirements of international travel.
What they say : “Right now in the market there’s this narrative that you can either have accurate tests but it’s slow, or you can have quick tests but it’s less accurate,” the co- co-driver told Axios. Cue Health founder and CEO Ayub Khattak, adding that his company’s goal is to deliver both accuracy and speed.
Yes, but: Cue can get a bit pricey – the test drive alone costs $ 249, with three packs of test cartridges at $ 225.
- Abbott’s BinaxNow home antigen testing and Quidel’s QuickVue, for example, cost $ 23.99 for a two-pack, while LabCorp’s home test costs $ 124.99, although the latter takes a day or two to get the results as it is shipped 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.
The bottom line: As we return to life that looks like ‘normal’, the demand for home testing will increase as people look for more convenient ways to check if a sore throat is a symptom of COVID-19, or just a simple one. sore throat.
- Although it varies widely across the country, getting tested at a clinic can still be a hassle and take several days.