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Government invests in companies to develop at-home flu test

Posted at 10:40 AM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-12 10:40:23-04

The federal government is investing $24 million to make a flu test you can take at home.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it's working with two companies to develop the technology.

People who think they have the flu would take the test at home and send the information to their doctor through an app.

Theoretically -- the doctor could then prescribe anti-virals which could be delivered to the patient's home.

The hope is that with patients staying home -- it would drastically cut the spread of the flu.

The two companies developing the product are Cue Health and Diassess.