Kroger Health and Gauss are waiting for approval for a system at home that will allow users to test themselves for COVID-19 and view results via an iPhone within 15 minutes.
Developed with the partnership of Kroger Health and Gauss, the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Test will allow users to test themselves quickly and easily. Test results can be viewed via an iPhone. Kroger and Gauss await the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for the test kit to be made available to the public.
Home COVID-19 test in 15 minutes
The test consists of a kit that shows step-by-step instructions for properly collecting and handling a swab sample and an iPhone app to learn the results.
15 minutes after the process is completed, the application requires the user to enter the application. The application will ask the user to scan the quick test through the camera of an iPhone and display the results. If necessary, test results can also be shared with local health units.
To support the reliability of the application, a preliminary clinical report submitted to the FDA, documenting that the test has 93% positive and 99% negative result accuracy compared to current Emergency Use Authorization-approved PCR tests.
Gauss has 1.5 million kits in hibernation as it plans to begin distribution immediately after receiving EUA approval. The company claims that it can perform up to 30 million tests per month at full production capacity. It is unknown whether the COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Test will be available outside of the US, but there are no such plans for initial distributions.