The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is exploring at-home COVID-19 tests in Seattle

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The King County Health and Medical Area Command coordinates the area’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. | Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP via Getty Images

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is partnering with the University of Washington to offer home testing kits for the novel coronavirus to people in the Seattle area, reported The Seattle Times.

It’s not clear when the program would begin. As proposed, it would allow people who suspect they have COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, to get tested without exposing health care workers or others in a doctor’s office. People who believe that they have the virus would fill out a detailed questioner online and, if their symptoms were consistent with COVID-19, they would have a test kit delivered to their home within two hours. Results would be available within two days and would be sent directly to local health officials.

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