Covid Testing Data for Google Business Profiles Can Now be Submitted to Third Party

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Earlier in the week, we started seeing the visibility of Covid testing information on local business profiles on Google. Google has indicated that if you are an organization that is providing Covid testing at your location, you are now able to submit your testing information to CastLight Covid Testing Locator... The post Covid Testing Data for Google Business Profiles Can Now be Submitted to Third Party appeared first on Local University .

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Hospitals are starting to deploy their own coronavirus tests

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With coronavirus tests in short supply and high demand, Johns Hopkins University has launched a homegrown test. Additional labs hope to have them soon. On Friday, Johns Hopkins University announced it had successfully developed a test for COVID-19. The health system says it is currently able to process 50 tests per day. It plans to handle 180 a day by Monday, and hopes to ramp up to 1,000 a day over the next three weeks. Read Full Story

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Don’t buy a DIY coronavirus test that you can take at home

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Last week, several companies announced they would launch home testing for COVID-19. After the FDA said the tests weren’t authorized, many have been forced to pull their products. Last week, several direct-to-consumer health companies announced they would start selling do-it-yourself, home-based coronavirus tests. But the Food and Drug Administration made it clear that these “fraudulent test kits” were not authorized, forcing home test makers to change their plans. Read Full Story

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The key to stopping the coronavirus spread are new tests that prioritize speed over accuracy

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Moderately accurate screening tests still reduce transmission but would allow us to test a lot more people—and get results faster. Broad access to testing is one of the most powerful tools to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control until there’s an effective vaccine in use. Diagnostic testing , which is used in medical settings to determine whether someone is infected with the coronavirus, is costly, slow, and overstretched in the U.S. But that’s not the only type of test that can be used. Read Full Story

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This clever COVID-19 testing technique could help send kids back to school safely

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Companies are now developing pooled testing as a way of detecting coronavirus’s presence in a community earlier. The U.S. has conducted some 52 million COVID-19 tests, but it’s still not enough. Many epidemiologists believe that broadly testing people with or without symptoms is the way to root out cases of COVID-19 and develop better strategies for curbing the spread of the disease. To do that, public health experts are now discussing a technique called pooled testing—testing a batch of human samples together for COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Are states testing enough? This coronavirus map will tell you how yours ranks

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As it stands now, there have been just over 8.9 million tests performed in the United States. That equates to just over 27,000 tests per million people. In other words, testing has a long way to go. Testing is key for getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Unfortunately, some states are testing more than others. But how does your state stack up? A new interactive tool by Peter Walker, head of growth at media analytics firm Public Relay , helps shed some light on that. Read Full Story

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Why drive-through testing is such an important tool in the coronavirus fight

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It limits exposure of medical staff and other patients, frees up the hospital for other work, and allows you to test a lot of people quickly (if there are enough tests, of course). Drive-through coronavirus testing is popping up across the U.S., and other countries affected by the coronavirus pandemic have already been deploying this tool for weeks. South Korea has been operating drive-through testing facilities since February; there, the speedy clinics have helped Korean health officials conduct up to 15,000 tests a day, and this way of testing is credited with helping slow the spread of COVID-19 and reducing deaths. Drive-through testing alone won’t rid us of COVID-19, but it’s an important step toward curbing the pandemic, for multiple reasons. Read Full Story

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This medical test startup may soon have approval for a home test for COVID-19

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Scanwell Health—a winner of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards—is helping to enable a switch to telehealth that’s not only doctor consultation, but testing as well. And it couldn’t be coming at a more important moment. If it gets approval from the FDA, a new test will make it possible to test to see if you’ve ever had COVID-19, without leaving your house. Using just a drop of blood from your finger and two drops of solution in the test kit. The results show up in 15 minutes. The test, which looks for antibodies and was widely used by Chinese doctors, isn’t as accurate as molecular tests that use complex lab equipment. But it could play an important role in monitoring and preventing the spread of the disease. Read Full Story

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