Gates-funded program will soon offer home-testing kits for new coronavirus

Seattle Times

Testing for the novel coronavirus in the Seattle area will get a huge boost in the coming weeks as a project funded by Bill Gates and his foundation begins offering home-testing kits that will allow people who fear they may be infected to swab their noses and send the samples back for analysis. 

Results, which should be available in one to two days, will be shared with local health officials who will notify those who test positive. Via online forms, infected people can answer questions about their movements and contacts, making it easier for health officials to locate others who may need to be tested or quarantined, as well as to track the virus’ spread and identify possible hot spots.

The goal is to eventually be able to process thousands of tests a day, said Scott Dowell, leader of coronavirus response at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project is ramping up as quickly as possible, but it’s not clear exactly when it will launch, he added. Among other things, software needs to be upgraded to handle the expected crush of requests, and a detailed questionnaire finalized for people who request tests.

“Although there’s a lot to be worked out, this has enormous potential to turn the tide of the epidemic,” Dowell said.

While Public Health – Seattle & King County has confirmed 71 cases and 15 deaths as of Saturday,  modeling by Trevor Bedford, a computational biologist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, estimated on Wednesday that the actual number of cases in the Seattle area was about 600. Unchecked, that could theoretically increase to 12,000 cases – and possibly as many as 30,000 – by the end of March, according to projections from Mike Famulare at the Institute for Disease Modeling in Bellevue. But steps to slow transmission can significantly reduce the number of new infections, underscoring the importance of acting quickly to protect people from the virus.

The new effort aims to leverage the formidable resources and expertise of the Gates Foundation, known for fighting disease and epidemics around the globe, to assist local health agencies struggling to keep up with a fast-moving outbreak. The Seattle area has emerged as an epicenter of the new disease, with far more cases and deaths than any other U.S. city.

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13 thoughts on “Gates-funded program will soon offer home-testing kits for new coronavirus

  1. and…as always, Galen and Mary share the BAM! award for spot on analysis!
    Billy & Mel sure seem to have their fingers in an awful lot of pies lately…

  2. Why would anyone trust these psychos? Gates even admitted his mission was to reduce the world’s population.

  3. But no
    He doesn’t have a finger print at all in this psy- op

    Oh , that whole patent thing is nothing
    Nothing to see there

    Can’t we just – – — them all
    Right fckin now?

    1. “Results, which should be available in one to two days, will be shared with local health officials who will notify those who test positive.”

      So you enter an agreement with one party but a third party is the first to be notified and unlawful action is imposed on you with force?

      Ya, NO, I don’t f’g think so. Dig up your own peasant and parade him as your trophy quarry but I’ll haunt you from beyond and make you regret it. Sorry, NC. Comment wasn’t at you. Just what my phone wanted to do!

      1. Good catch, Martist. As they say, nothing is sacred anymore, not even our damn medical records. How arrogantly they dismiss us. Bill of Rights reclaims the sacred.


  4. Just some FYI

    “On October 18th the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, brought together “15 leaders of business, government, and public health” to simulate a scenario in which a coronavirus pandemic was ravaging the planet. Major participants were American military leadership, and certain neocon political figures.

    October 2019: Event 201, global coronavirus pandemic drill Gates Foundation, WHO

    The very next day…

    The 2019 Military World Games, officially known as the 7th CISM Military World Games, was held from October 18–27, 2019 in the capital of Hubei Province in Wuhan, China.[2][3]

    300 US military personnel arrived in Wuhan for the Military World Games on October 19.

    The first coronavirus case appeared two weeks later, on November 2.


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