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Cue Health Cue Reader Review: Accurate and expensive Covid-19 test kit


i tried one dozen covid test at home in the last year. If it’s on the shelf at the drugstore, pharmacy, or grocery store, I’ve probably used it many times. But whenever I open a quiz like BinaxNow or QuickVue, I still reached for the manual, mostly out of fear that I would make an important step wrong. It’s a constant reminder of why I love using Cue Health’s Cue Reader Diagnostic Tool than any other home test. It does not have tubes, solutions, bandages and test strips.

I haven’t always been a fan of this Covid-19 test kit. Last year, I initially skipped recommending it due to its incredible $444 starting price, which later dropped to $394 (and still expensive). It just feels Mistake during a pandemic when millions people have lost their jobs and cut costs due to unpredictable timing. It would be much wiser to spend only about $25 on a home test (half of which is insurance) And get eight free tests per month. Alternatively, there is always the option of taking a free Covid test at a local testing site.

However, the Biden administration has halted the free Covid home testing program due to a lack of funding from Congress. Federally funded free Covid testing sites and partial coverage of home tests (in addition to free vaccines and drugs) are also funded. almost over. This could mean replenishing your home stock could become more expensive over the next few months. Suddenly, investing in Cue Reader is no longer strange.

A compact and fast machine

Photo: Cue Health

Cue Health’s home test centers around a small hub called the Cue Reader, which can detect the virus’ genetic material. Called a molecular test, this test is generally more accurate than an antigen test (also known as a rapid test) and is comparable to a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, with its ability to identify small traces of SARS-CoV-2 earlier—even potentially a day or two before you start to feel any symptoms. That can be very important when trying to stop the spread of the virus. Cue says its test has an accuracy rate of 97.8% (after the single-use test only). Molecular testing at Lucira .’s house, which the company claims is 98 percent accurate). Based on This independent studyCue’s home molecular test also showed 99.4% accuracy compared to the PCR test at the lab.

Cue Reader is compact and doesn’t look ugly. I leave it on my desk, but I can also see it lying on the entryway or kitchen counter. It’s easy to travel with too. I threw it in my luggage when I went to California this past summer, but I also keep it in a duffel bag when I get home to visit my parents. It’s rechargeable, so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries (I just plug it in at my desk).

What I like most about this system is actually taking the test—something I never thought I would say. Yes, you still need to pick your nose, but the rest is too easy and doesn’t sound like a science experiment. No solution tube. Instead, Cue Reader handles everything. It works over Bluetooth, so you’ll need a smartphone to use Reader, but it’s very simple to set up. Download the app, create an account and pair the Cue Reader with your phone. When you’re ready to take the test, open the app for step-by-step instructions. There are very few steps that make it easy to memorize—no manual needed.

The reader comes with several cartridges and the same way you push super mario world into the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, you need to push one of these cartridges into the reader first and wait for it to heat up. Once the app indicates the cartridge is ready, pick your nose with the included sweeper and insert it into the cartridge. That’s it! After 20 minutes, you can check your results on your phone and, if necessary, send them as PDF via email or text. Cleanup is just as easy, though perhaps as wasteful as other home kits—remove the cartridge from the reader and throw it away.

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