1. Where can I get ASSURE tests?
ASSURE tests are not yet available to the public. Currently, all ASSURE manufactured tests are being used in clinical trials. Following clinical testing and FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), tests will be made available through a variety of distribution partners, including drug stores and health centers.
2. How much do ASSURE rapid tests cost?
ASSURE is not yet available for public purchase. After receiving FDA Emergency Use Authorization, the cost is expected to quickly drop below $10/test as production scales up. Our goal is to make ASSURE tests so affordable that anybody can affordably access multiple tests – no matter where they are or what their current financial condition may be.
3. How do ASSURE tests work?
ASSURE tests use swabbed specimens to detect COVID-19 using a test cassette, similar to a home pregnancy test. ASSURE-100 uses a shallow nasal swab specimen that is mixed with buffer solution. This mixture is then dropped on the test cassette. ASSURE-19 uses a saliva swab specimen that is mixed with buffer solution. This mixture is then dropped on the test cassette. ASSURE tests have two lines – one to show that the test is working properly (control), and a second line that indicates a positive result is SARS-CoV-2 virus is detected.
5. How accurate is the ASSURE test?
ASSURE is estimated to have 97% specificity (true positive rate) and is sensitive enough to detect COVID-19 as viral levels are approaching infectiousness states. The key to managing the pandemic is to inform asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic persons who would otherwise unwittingly infect their friends, family or co-workers.
6. How fast does the test give results?
A positive result can be read on ASSURE in as little as 5 minutes. It is recommended that you wait up to 20 minutes to confirm a negative result. Results should not be read after 30 minutes.
7. How is ASSURE different to other rapid tests?
While many rapid COVID-19 tests are being developed, ASSURE uses specifically designed molecules to seek out and lock onto proteins in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. ASSURE works without special equipment, with no refrigeration, and without other complicated steps, like mailing samples. The test cassette acts like a pregnancy test: once the specimen is mixed and applied, simply wait for a result (visible red line) to appear.
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