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Deadly Ingredient In Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Test Kit

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Even the test kits for the coronavirus could be potentially dangerous. The Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Home Test Kit received emergency use authorization, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the kit contains a “solution in the tube contains a hazardous ingredient.”

That deadly ingredient is called sodium azide, and it could be deadly if ingested. A 1990 study studied the component after two college students fell ill following accidental ingestion after a physiology experiment. The student who consumed only a few sips survived, but their classmate died after consuming over 700 ml. “Sodium azide is an uncommon but potent poison which can cause serious illness and death,” the study concluded.

While the COVID test kits likely do not contain a lethal amount of the ingredient, it seems careless to distribute millions of kits across the country with an “uncommon but potent poison.” “If the solution contacts the skin or eye, flush with plenty of water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice,” the kit states.

The at-home test also contains a warning list of “potential risks” that include “possible discomfort during sample collection” and “possible incorrect test results.” Incorrect results! If that is a potential hazard, then why did the US government spend $3 billion in taxpayer funds to purchase 500 million kits? Are they attempting to inflate numbers, provide a false sense of security, or both?