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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 10:39 AM

Can The U.S. Use Its Growing Supply Of Rapid Tests To Stop The Virus?

This will NEVER happen under Trump who believes more testing means more cases means he is more afraid of losing the election.







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Can The U.S. Use Its Growing Supply Of Rapid Tests To Stop The Virus?


https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/10/01/915793729/can-the-u-s-use-its-growing-supply-of-rapid-tests-to-stop-the-virus

October 1, 20205:03 AM ET


A new generation of faster, cheaper coronavirus tests is starting to hit the market. And some experts say these technologies could finally give the U.S. the ability to adopt a new, more effective testing strategy.

"On the horizon — the not too distant horizon — there are a whole series of testing modalities coming on line," says Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown School of Public Health. "And that gives us hope we can really expand our testing capacity in the nation."

Until now, testing has been primarily used to diagnose people who may have COVID-19 and any of their close contacts who may also be infected. But a stubborn shortage of the molecular tests most commonly used — and slow turnaround time for results — has hobbled the nation's ability to stop outbreaks and contain the pandemic.

That could change, argue Jha and other public health researchers, as new rapid tests — primarily antigen tests — become more widely available, enabling communities to start widespread screening of the highest-risk people.

"It is a paradigm shift," Jha says. "What I think new testing capacity allows us to do is actually play offense — go and hunt for the disease before it spreads to identify asymptomatic people before they spread it to others. It really becomes about preventing outbreaks — not just capturing them after they've occurred."...........................


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That ideal scenario would allow communities to expand regular testing to most K-12 students that are in school (excluding those in communities with a high rate of infection, where schools would be closed); as well as health care workers, food service employees, cashiers and retail store clerks.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 10:43 AM

1. "On the horizon"

It’s been 8 months (at least) since we knew about this. “On the horizon” is pathetic.

However... expanded testing is good (if tests are accurate).

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 10:44 AM

2. Masks, testing and contact tracing

Simple but Tru$$ia refuses.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 11:10 AM

3. The quick tests are too inaccurate.

I've heard 30% failure rate. That is unacceptable. 2 or 3% is acceptable.

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Response to louis-t (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 01:16 PM

4. A high failure rate seems to be all too

common with many of the tests. Both false positives and false negatives. And those numbers aren't very available, so far as I can tell.

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