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 hottest new amenity for the rich? On-demand doctors and COVID-19 tests

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Residents at luxury buildings in Manhattan are receiving medical services, such as private emergency rooms and rapid at-home COVID-19 testing, as an added perk. At 15 East 30th Street in Manhattan, where apartments start at $1.4 million, residents have access to sweeping floor-to-ceiling windows, skyline views, hot tubs and pools, and (since last year) membership of their own private emergency room. The Madison House, as the building is known, is one of a growing number of properties that are offering specialty medical care for their residents that now includes at-home COVID-19 testing. Read Full Story

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COVID-19 antibody tests are here. But can you trust them?

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Antibody tests, which show if someone has successfully fought COVID-19, could help people get back to work. But companies are selling them without FDA approval, leading to questions about their accuracy. Companies usually turn to the firm PeopleG2 to run background checks on employees. Now, they can use PeopleG2 to buy up blocks of COVID-19 tests to see if workers have developed immunity to the disease. Read Full Story

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This 3D-printed nasal swab is a design marvel

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Designed and manufactured by Carbon3D and Resolution Medical, the lattice-tipped swab in a 2020 Innovation by Design award winner. This past spring, as medical facilities faced a shortage of nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing, Carbon3D and Resolution Medical designed, manufactured, and launched a new swab featuring a carbon lattice tip. All of this took less than three weeks, thanks to 3D-printing techniques. The company is now producing up to a million swabs a week. Read Full Story

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The solution to our COVID-19 testing dilemma: Lots of different kinds of rapid tests

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We need COVID-19 testing that returns results within minutes, and we need a lot of them. The best path is developing many different tests that use different materials so we don’t strain supply chains. For the U.S. to climb its way out of the coronavirus crisis, experts have said we need a rapid, cheap, and effective COVID-19 test. Currently, our existing testing either takes too long to deliver results, is too expensive to be done frequently, or is too painful, which deters people from going. Many options are some combination of all three. But the key to safely returning to the office or sending our kids to school, especially as we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, doesn’t lie in just one “perfect” COVID-19 test: We need multiple rapid and affordable tests, from a variety of supply chains. Read Full Story

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Airports can be a petri dish for COVID-19. Now you can get a test on-site

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Adaptations to the physical spaces of airports may soon become more common, as air travel rebounds and the companies dependent on it seek to assuage the fears of customers. Of the many causes and culprits behind the global spread of COVID-19, the international airport is probably the easiest to blame. As an open portal to almost anywhere in the world, the airport is both the way in and the way out for highly contagious diseases. Now, airports are beginning to try to cut down this risk by offering COVID-19 testing facilities directly on-site. Read Full Story

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