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 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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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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Will you need a COVID-19 vaccine to fly?

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‘Immunity passports’ might be coming to air travel—but should they? Airlines have adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic with policies on face masks, keeping middle seats empty, and requiring evidence of a negative coronavirus test before heading to some destinations. So when the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are rolled out in the coming months, will you have to prove your immunization to board a plane? Read Full Story

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