Home Tests Are Messing Up Our COVID-19 Data

“Rapid test kit” by Marco Verch

Three weeks ago my wife and I got hit with breakthrough cases of COVID-19.

We started shivering one night as we went to bed. Within the next 24 hours, we’d both spiked fevers and had terrible full-body aches. We pulled out some home COVID-19 tests, swabbed our…

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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”