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?
July 24, 2020 • ~9 min
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There's more to the numbers than what you see on TV.
July 21, 2020 • ~6 min
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Effective national leadership and trust in government appear to be prerequisites for countries to achieve widespread digital contact tracing.
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.
May 20, 2020 • ~10 min
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Symptoms like loss of smell and taste are powerful predictors of COVID-19 infections.
May 11, 2020 • ~8 min
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A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.
May 7, 2020 • ~7 min
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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.
April 27, 2020 • ~6 min
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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.
April 21, 2020 • ~7 min
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If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it's best to assume you have it – even if your test is negative.
April 16, 2020 • ~6 min
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Coronavirus drug trials are underway – a virologist explains what the treatment options may be.
April 16, 2020 • ~6 min
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