Bill Gates funds coronavirus home testing kits, report says

The at-home tests would reportedly have a two-day turnaround for results.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to fight against the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Business titan Bill Gates' foundation will reportedly fund home testing kits for those who think they might be infected with the coronavirus in Seattle, Washington. The kit will allow the user to swab their nose and send the sample back to health officials for analysis. The results would have approximately a two-day turnaround. The Seattle Flu Study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to adapt its resources for the project. 

If positive, those infected can fill out online forms about their movements and contacts so health officials can track the virus' spread, according to a Sunday report from The Seattle Times. Scott Dowell, leader of the coronavirus response within the foundation, told the Times that its goal is have thousands of tests processed daily. 

"Our team has and will continue to actively explore ways that we can contribute to local response through the application of the study," the Foundation told CNET on Monday. 

The foundation donated $100 million towards coronavirus detection and treatment last week. 

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