Coronavirus: Oxford University vaccine trial paused after participant falls ill

AstraZeneca describes the pause in its keenly-awaited final clinical trials as routine.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

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Test positivity rate: How this one figure explains that the US isn't doing enough testing yet

Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.

Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., Professor of Statistics and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Administration, Virginia Tech • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Making coronavirus testing easy, accurate and fast is critical to ending the pandemic – the US response is falling far short

Ideally everyone could get tested frequently for the coronavirus. No state is close to achieving this, but some are doing better than others. What are the challenges in meeting demand for testing?

Zoe McLaren, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~9 min

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How leadership in various countries has affected COVID-19 response effectiveness

Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.

Leslie Ruyle, Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Failure to count COVID-19 nursing home deaths could dramatically skew US numbers

The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.

Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~8 min

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The maths logic that could help test more people for coronavirus

Here's one way to test more people for coronavirus with fewer resources.

Usama Kadri, Senior Lecturer of Applied Mathematics, Cardiff University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  mathematics  coronavirus  coronavirus-testing

Coronavirus: a warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing

A group of population experts have called on governments in Latin American and the Caribbean to urgently ramp up testing for COVID-19 before it's too late.

Marília R. Nepomuceno, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  testing  healthcare  latin-america  demography  coronavirus-testing  caribbean

Coronavirus: as a health economist, I'm not convinced the case for mass testing stacks up

The hard truth is that this ship has probably sailed.

Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair and Pro Vice Chancellor Research, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  world-health-organization  south-korea  coronavirus-testing

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