Transcript for What you need to know about the COVID-19 home saliva test
We'll tell you about the major developments in the pandemic. We start as we often do with the latest numbers from Johns Hopkins university now more than 65.2 million cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, 14.1 million of those at home. Now 276,000 American lives lost. So, so many of us are focussed on the vaccine. We've already started to see how logistically challenging phase one is going to be. We know that testing is a huge part of all this. We're getting word that the fda has approved an at-home saliva test. How does that play into all this? This was recently approved and still being rolled out. Let's do a deep dive on the specifics of this home saliva test. At this point it does need a doctor or health care provider's prescription. Then in most cases it's ordered and shipped out to the patient or person within a 24-hour period. Under zoom supervision ideally they then process the specimen with a spit collection procedure. Very simple, straightforward and safe. That specimen is sent back. The turnaround time is between 24 and 48 hours. Pretty good. What did the fda commissioner have to say about that? You talked to him. I did. I asked him what's the process of getting basically like a home pregnancy test. This is great, but still needs a doctor's prescription. He said that will be happening soon. These tests need to be easily accesscheap or free. They need to be accurate. Then the devil is in the details. People need to understand how act on the results. We should be seeing home tests much more in the next days, weeks and months. It's amazing how far we've come.
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