Online coronavirus tests are just the latest iffy products marketed to anxious consumers
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Companies with experience in the “at-home” testing market began announcing in mid-March that they would be offering direct-to-consumer test kits for COVID-19.With panic running high and tests at hospitals and doctors’ offices hard to come by, the appeal was obvious.The kits were touted as a way for consumers to manage this difficult situation themselves. No struggle to see the doctor. No calls to the health department. No waiting in line at a drive-thru test site. Instead, consumers could collect their own samples, by either swabbing the throat or cheek or spitting into a cup. The samples woul...

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