Rapid screening tests that prioritize speed over accuracy could be key to ending the coronavirus pandemic
Testing large numbers of people regularly would reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the US. Laboratory testing is slow and expensive, but rapid screening tests could be the answer.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
May 6, 2020 • ~10 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus antibodies immunity testing anthony-fauci virology blood-test false-positive rt-pcr swab-test
A test that tells you with 94% accuracy that you have had coronavirus seems like a game-changer...until you do the maths.
May 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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