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Everlywell, an innovative digital health testing company that offers dozens of at-home kits, is launching a Coronavirus test beginning on March 23.
Given the slow rollout of testing for COVID-19 in the U.S. and concerns about the spread of the disease, at-home testing could help to diagnose more cases. Everlywell is the first company to offer this test directly to U.S. consumers.
The Texas-based startup spearheaded by Harvard MBA graduate Julia Cheek, says it’s on a mission to “transform the $25 billion diagnostics industry.” The firm already provides validated tests for everything from STDs, fertility, and cholesterol levels.
Consumers can order the Everlywell COVID-19 test on the company’s website, after first answering questions about their health, symptoms, and risk factors for Coronavirus. A doctor still needs to prescribe the test, so telemedicine doctors from PWNHealth, a national network of physicians who prescribe diagnostic tests, then review these answers to determine if a person qualifies for testing, based on criteria established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Currently, because COVID-19 tests are not plentiful in the U.S., doctors are trying to rule out other respiratory diseases like flu first, and only ordering tests for people with symptoms who also have other risk factors for infection, such as being in close contact with others who have been diagnosed.
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