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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Coronavirus numbers confusing you? Here's how to make sense of them

There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.

Catherine Lynne Troisi, Associate professor, Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch • conversation
July 21, 2020 ~6 min

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Digital contact tracing's mixed record abroad spells trouble for US efforts to rein in COVID-19

Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, Dean of Global Business, The Fletcher School, Tufts University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~11 min

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Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs — we’re working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques

Testing for coronavirus has been a fiasco in the US. But now companies are developing super fast tests, including ones that might eventually be as simple as at home pregnancy tests.

Piyush K. Jain, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, UF Health Cancer Center, University of Florida • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

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Coronavirus: research reveals way to predict infection – without a test

Symptoms like loss of smell and taste are powerful predictors of COVID-19 infections.

Andrew Chan, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics

A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.

Mauricio Terrones, Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

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Three charts that show where the coronavirus death rate is heading

Three graphs of mortality data tell the story of the direction the UK and the world are heading in after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

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How much coronavirus testing is enough? States could learn from retailers as they ramp up

Testing everyone for COVID-19 isn't realistic in a country the size of the US, but there are ways to design testing systems that can catch most of the cases.

Siqian Shen, Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: how accurate are coronavirus tests?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it's best to assume you have it – even if your test is negative.

Penny Whiting, Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus treatments: what drugs might work against COVID-19?

Coronavirus drug trials are underway – a virologist explains what the treatment options may be.

Connor Bamford, Research Fellow, Virology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

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