Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the U.S.

Erin Trish, Associate Director, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics, University of Southern California • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~8 min

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How to protest during a pandemic and still keep everyone safe from coronavirus: 6 questions answered

It's nearly impossible to avoid close contact when protesting, and easy to forget the risks. An infectious disease expert answers key questions about how to avoid spreading the coronavirus to family.

Thomas A. Russo, Professor and Chief, Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate

An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.

Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Richmond • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Harvard medical community steps up to fight pandemic

An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID’s challenge.

Alvin Powell • harvard
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

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Coronavirus tests are pretty accurate, but far from perfect

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.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
May 6, 2020 ~10 min

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Want to know how many people have the coronavirus? Test randomly

Researchers and public health officials still don't know how widespread nor how deadly the coronavirus really is. Random testing is a way to quickly and easily learn this important information.

Michael Herron, William Clinton Story Remsen '43 Professor of Government and Chair, Program in Quantitative Social Science, Dartmouth College • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~8 min

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US pharmacists can now test for coronavirus. They could do more if government allowed it

As the health care system tries to solve the crisis in care around the coronavirus, pharmacists stand ready to help.

Steven W. Chen, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Southern California • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~6 min

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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

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What does 'recovered from coronavirus' mean? 4 questions answered about how some survive and what happens next

Officially, not that many people have recovered from the coronavirus. An epidemiologist explains what has to happen for a COVID-19 survivor to get a clean bill of health.

Tom Duszynski, Director Epidemiology Education, IUPUI • conversation
April 7, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: country comparisons are pointless unless we account for these biases in testing

We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.

Scott McLachlan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~8 min

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