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.
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.
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.
May 29, 2020 • ~9 min
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An outpouring of volunteers and equipment from the Harvard medical community have helped a Harvard hospital testing lab meet COVID’s challenge.
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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
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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.
April 13, 2020 • ~8 min
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As the health care system tries to solve the crisis in care around the coronavirus, pharmacists stand ready to help.
April 13, 2020 • ~6 min
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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.
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.
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We need to update models on death rates or introduce truly random testing to understand the true impact of the coronavirus.
April 2, 2020 • ~8 min
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