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SWABS,STAT!

Inside the Maine factory racing to supply America with virus test swabs
Puritan Medical swabs at the company’s plant in Guilford.

If you’ve ever used a home DNA kit, opened wide and said “ahh,” or measured the depth of a knife wound in a stabbing victim, chances are you’ve used a device made by Puritan Medical Products Co. And if you’re tested for the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, it’s quite likely the swab used to collect a sample from your nose will come from Puritan, too.

Located in Guilford, Maine (pop. 1,521), Puritan is one of two companies that make essentially all of the swabs used for coronavirus testing. (The other, Copan Diagnostics Inc., is in Italy, one of the epicenters of the deadly disease.) If swabs are necessary for testing, and if testing is crucial to slowing the virus’s spread, then it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say

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