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Time: "America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach"

July 29, 2020
America’s testing infrastructure is collapsing. As coronavirus cases surge around the country, laboratories are facing crippling shortages of key supplies and growing backlogs of samples. In many states, it now takes 10-15 days to get test results – rendering these tests useless as a tool to prevent transmission and bring the pandemic under control. For most people, the peak period of infectiousness lasts about a week. And, in the middle of this testing collapse, cities and towns are preparing to return millions of children to school this fall with neither the intention nor the... Read more about Time: "America Needs to Radically Rethink Our COVID-19 Testing Approach"

The New York Times: "We Made a Mistake With Masks. Now It Could Be Tests"

July 28, 2020

We made a mistake at first with how we talked about masks. We’re making the same mistake now with tests.

The discussion on these issues highlights the different ways clinicians and public health experts think. Clinicians — doctors, like me — treat patients one at a time. Our responsibility is to that individual. This is the thinking that led many of us to focus on only the most effective N95 masks at first. We knew we didn’t have enough for health care workers, and we knew that homemade masks wouldn’t work as well in the office or hospital. So we told people not to use them....

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