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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The real reason your company might not do COVID testing: The cost

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Few employers are testing their workers regularly, according to new research—and it’s not because tests are hard to come by. Frequent testing is crucial to curbing the spread of COVID-19 , especially for those who still have to go into their physical workplaces rather than work from home. But few employers are testing their workers regularly, according to new research—and it’s not because tests are hard to come by. Read Full Story

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This COVID-19 super antibody test could provide new insights into immunity

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Dr. David Walt’s test isn’t just about telling if an individual has had COVID-19. It might change how we develop treatments and vaccines. COVID-19 antibody tests have been the subject of scrutiny since their arrival, but they still represent an important tool in understanding population health. Molecular tests have become the top method of identifying cases of COVID-19. One scientist thinks we should be looking at using a combination of antibody tests, antigen tests, and molecular RNA tests to better understand who has COVID-19 and whether or not they’re actively recovering. Read Full Story

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