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Stick This Swab How Far Up There?

Testing startup Everlywell, which is known for its food sensitivity testing, is launching an at-home COVID-19 test, Time reports.

Everlywell, which got its start on the reality television show Shark Tank, plans to roll out the $135 at-home test Monday. According to the firm, customers experiencing symptoms can request the test online and fill out a screening questionnaire to gauge if they qualify for testing. If so, it sends off a kit so customers can collect nasal and throat swabs themselves to send back to the company's CLIA-certified lab partners for testing. Results will be posted online within 48 hours, it says, and telemedicine consults will be given to anyone who tests positive.

"Everlywell is committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19 in the US by making this test widely available," Everlywell CEO Julia Cheek says in a statement.

TechCrunch adds that the firm is also working to validate tests using other types of biological samples.

Previously, NPR reported that some doctors were skeptical of some of Everlywell's food sensitivity testing claims, as their test relies on unproven immunoglobulin G testing.

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