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The New York Times: "It’s Kitchen Sink Time’: Fast, Less-Accurate Coronavirus Tests May Be Good Enough"

August 7, 2020

For months, the call for coronavirus testing has been led by one resounding refrain: To keep outbreaks under control, doctors and researchers need to deploy the most accurate tests available — ones reliable enough to root out as many infections as possible, even in the absence of symptoms.

That’s long been the dogma of infectious disease diagnostics, experts say, since it helps ensure that cases won’t be missed. During this pandemic, that has meant relying heavily on PCR testing, an extremely accurate but time- and labor-intensive method that requires samples to be...

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The Hill: "US urged to consider cheaper, faster COVID-19 tests to contain outbreaks"

August 5, 2020

Seven months into the pandemic, the U.S. needs to rethink its approach to testing for COVID-19, experts say, by shifting to cheaper tests that can return results in less than an hour, potentially finding people when they are most infectious and containing outbreaks before they explode. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, appears reluctant to approve those tests for sale in the U.S. because they are typically less accurate or unable to detect small amounts of virus compared to the gold standard, high-sensitivity lab tests the U.S. has been...

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Science: "Radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses, researchers say"

August 3, 2020

ven as the United States ramped up coronavirus testing from about 100,000 per week in mid-March to more than 5 million per week in late July, the country fell further behind in stemming the spread of the virus. Now, diagnostics experts, public health officials, and epidemiologists are calling for a radical shift in testing strategy: away from diagnosing people who have symptoms or were exposed and toward screening whole populations using faster, cheaper, sometimes less accurate tests. By making it possible to identify and isolate infected individuals more quickly, proponents say, the...

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