‘We can make it work’: UC San Diego lab bringing low-cost coronavirus testing to local schools

A new UC San Diego lab, the EXCITE Lab,  has created a program to offer low-cost, rapid coronavirus tests to local schools and organizations, and reopened private schools in La Jolla are in varying phases of participation, hoping to control the spread of COVID-19 among their students and staff.  The Expedited COVID IdenTification Environment, or EXCITE, lab has developed a test to detect the virus in less than 24 hours.  The test is administered on school sites via an anterior nose swab (taking a sample from the nasal membrane), which is considered less invasive than a nasopharyngeal swab (taking a sample from the uppermost part of the nose and throat), and is much less costly.