I have tried a Twelve home tests for Covid last year. If it’s on the shelf at a drugstore, grocery store, or grocery store, I’ve probably used it a few times. But when I open a test like BinaxNow or QuickVue, I still reach for the instruction manual, mostly for fear of messing up an important part. It’s been a constant reminder of why I prefer using Cue Health’s Cue Reader over any other home test. It is free of tubes, solutions, cassettes, and test lines.
I always disliked the Covid-19 test kits. Last year, I went ahead and endorsed it for its original price of $444, which has dropped to $394 (and is still expensive). It just felt right error during the pandemic when millions of people were out of work and cut money due to unforeseen circumstances. It was smart enough to spend $25 on a home exam (half of which was covered by insurance) and get eight free exams a month. In addition, there is always the opportunity to take a free Covid test at a local testing center.
However, the Biden administration has suspended its free domestic Covid program due to a lack of funding from Congress. Government funding for free Covid testing centers and partial insurance for home testing (including free vaccinations and medication) is also ending. This could mean that your home loan could be expensive in the next few months. Suddenly, investing in a Cue Reader doesn’t feel so strange.
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Cue Health’s home testing center revolves around a tiny device called the Cue Reader, which can detect the genetic makeup of a virus. Known as a molecular test, it is more accurate than the antigen (also known as a rapid test) and similar to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which can detect SARS-CoV-2 particles earlier – perhaps even. a day or two before you start feeling any symptoms. This can be very important in trying to prevent the spread of the virus. Cue says its test has an accuracy rate of 97.8 percent (behind the Lucira cell test it uses at home, which the company says is 98 percent accurate). According to an independent study, Cue’s at-home test also showed 99.4% accuracy compared to lab-based PCR tests.
Cue Reader is small and doesn’t look ugly. I keep it on my desk, but I can see it leaning on the entryway table or in the kitchen. It’s easy to travel with too. I threw it in my purse when I went to California last summer, but I put it back in my purse when I go home to visit my parents. It’s also rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries (I just keep it on my desk).
My favorite part of this system is taking the test, which I never thought I would say. Yes, you still need to wipe your nose, but the rest is easy and doesn’t feel like a science experiment. There are no solution tubes. Instead, Cue Reader handles everything. It works via Bluetooth, so you’ll need a smartphone to use the Reader, but it’s easy to set up. Download the app, create an account, and connect Cue Reader to your phone. When you’re ready to try, open the app for step-by-step instructions. There are very few techniques that are easy to memorize—no instruction manual required.
The Reader comes with a few cartridges, and as you can push Super Mario World to enter the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you must first push one of these cartridges into the reader and wait for it to warm up. Once the program says the cartridge is ready, blow your nose with the wand and insert it into the cartridge. That’s right! After 20 minutes, you can check your results on your phone and, if needed, send the results as a PDF via email or text message. Cleaning is also a breeze, although just as messy as other household appliances – remove the cartridge from the reader and dispose of it.