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Medical Tests in the Comfort of Your Own Home: Poll Shows High Interest, Uneven Use by Older Adults

October 13, 2022

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Kitchen counters and bathroom sinks across America turned into miniature medical testing labs over the past year, as millions of people swabbed their noses and found out in minutes if they had COVID-19. A new survey from the U-M National Poll on Healthy Aging shows that 48% of people aged 50 to 80 have bought at least one kind of at-home health test, including 32% who had bought COVID-19 tests. While the intrigue is there for older adults to take part in at-home testing, the usage of these tests is inconsistent and could create issues for patients, physicians, and policymakers.

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