When medical diagnostics firm Everlywell unveiled a new test for the coronavirus that people could buy online and use at home, with results back in 48 hours, the company was confident the product would be a hit.The botched rollout of the federal government’s testing effort had left consumers hungry for alternatives. The company was “inundated” with requests, said chief executive Julia Cheek on March 19, four days before it planned to put 30,000 tests up for sale at $135 each.But then the Food and Drug Administration stepped in, warning consumers that no home tests had been approved and urging them to avoid the products. Everlywell’s debut was derailed. So were those of two other home-testing companies. Now people are wondering whether and when there will be a home test for covid-19. In a country where almost everyone is stuck at home, using on-demand delivery for everything from tonight’s dinner to today’s lesson plan, the notion of home testing has wide appeal.Home tests would also allow people to test “without leaving home and risk infecting others, or themselves,” said Elliott Millenson, who developed the first home test for HIV.But what seems like an obvious idea turns out to be complicated. And


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