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It’s a flu! From COVID to pregnancy, a look at home testing

Home test kits ready for distribution as Hartford doles out COVID-19 test kits while state shipments suffer supply chain delays December 30, 2021 at Hartford Public Library, Albany Avenue Branch in Hartford, Connecticut.
Joe Amon
Connecticut Public
Home COVID-19 test kits for distribution in Hartford in December 2021.

Thanks to rapid COVID-19 tests, most of us have gotten comfortable taking medical tests at home. But why aren't there home tests for more diseases? This hour, we look at the phenomenon of home medical tests, explore what's in store for their future, and discuss their impact on the medical world. Plus, we'll dig into the history and the cultural impact of home pregnancy tests.


  • Dr. Michael Mina: The Chief Science Officer of eMed 
  • Dr. Catherine Klapperich: Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, and Scientific Director of the Design, Automation, Manufacturing, and Processes Laboratory at Boston University
  • Karen Weingarten: Associate Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York, and author of the forthcoming book Pregnancy Test 

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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