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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 30: Indian health officials inside a COVID-19 mobile testing van wait to collect samples from people, as India remains under an unprecedented extended lockdown over the highly contagious coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 30, 2020 in New Delhi, India. India eased the lockdown restrictions by allowing neighbourhood shops and standalone shops in areas that havent been marked coronavirus hotspots to sell goods on the condition of 50 per cent staff strength and following other protective guidelines like wearing masks and maintaining social distance. With a total number of over 33,000 positive cases, the death toll due to coronavirus in India has reached 1079 as the country reels under a nationwide lockdown that was imposed on March 25 by the government. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)

Great News From India!

A new COVID paper test out of India may be a total game changer for how we can identify who has COVID and who doesn’t.  So those who do can quarantine and those who don’t can go about their lives.

A thin piece of paper is stuck deep into the nostril then the sample is analyzed… That’s basically the PCR test, but with paper instead of a swab that feels like it’s scratching the inside of your brain.  The big difference is this paper test has nearly immediate results.

This new test has had 96% sensitivity and 98% specificity.  Meaning it doesn’t miss positives and doesn’t give false negatives.

What’s even better there’s no turn-around:  You stick it in your nose and if you see two blue lines, you have it.  One blue line?  You don’t have it!  Like a pregnancy test… The results are practically instantaneous!

I think:  Something like this could change our daily routine… Stick it up your nose before you leave for work in the morning… and boom, you’ll know if you’re safe to play in society.

Plus there’s the cost of it:  The cost of it:  less than 7 bucks a test.

So… if this paper test takes the place of the antigen test which misses a lot more positive cases… then it’ll be a good thing.  Fingers crossed!

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