Thursday, the federal government announced a purchase of 150 million rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 tests from Abbott Laboratories. The company says it will be able to begin shipping the tests, which return results in roughly 15 minutes, in September, and will be able to produce 50 million of them in October.
Even a layperson can understand how distributing such tests to key populations could reduce the number of coronavirus infections suffered by U.S. citizens—not to mention potentially reviving the national economy. They could be given to medical professionals, staffers and residents of nursing homes, teachers, students, meatpackers, factory workers, employees and patrons of restaurants—you name it!
According to a former ESPN reporter who now writes for an Ohio State sports site called Letterman Row, though, Donald Trump told Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren on Tuesday that he wants to use them for football: