New coronavirus testing swab to be available later this week
The coronavirus task force response coordinator said Monday that new self-swab coronavirus tests will become available later this week.The new test is not as invasive as the curent tests. It should vastly increase the ability to find those who have been infected.
"There was a breakthrough today for those of you waiting for 'self-swabbing' options. Those are going to be available some time later this week to be able for individuals to do their own test," Deborah Birx said during Monday's White House press briefing.
So far, over 250,000 people have been given coronavirus tests and have received their results, but there is still a widespread shortage of diagnostic tests. Self-swab tests would allow people to use a nasal swab while in their homes self-isolating. They would then bring the sample to a clinic or drive-through test site and receive their results that same day.
“This will expedite the testing process, of course, but it will also reduce the risk to healthcare providers for exposure to the coronavirus, and it’ll minimize the drain on personal protective equipment,” Vice President Mike Pence said Monday.