Spit in a Tube and Mail It In: A New Frontier in Coronavirus Testing
In Orange County, the rate of new coronavirus cases has tripled over the past two weeks.
While upscale coastal cities, like Newport Beach, have had relatively few cases, inland cities, like Santa Ana and Anaheim, account for a disproportionately high share of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, and the initial at-home tests are being targeted there.
“The inability of some residents, who lack means, to work remotely or quarantine appropriately has led to a disparity in infection rates between communities,” said Andrew Do, vice chairman of the county’s board of supervisors.
“Our challenge will be to get the message out: This is how you protect loved ones, and we’ll be able to go back to businesses and interacting with each other.”
Unlike Orange County’s nose-swab testing program, which has targeted people with coronavirus symptoms, the in-home saliva effort is intended to widen testing …continued .
[Source: New York Times]