Coronavirus Pandemic Update 98: At Home COVID-19 Testing - A Possible Breakthrough

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The current COVID-19 testing strategy in the United States is estimated by the CDC to pick up less than 10% of infections. Dr. Seheult of features snippets from a recent This Week in Virology (Episode 640) with Dr. Michael Mina of Harvard who explains that the technology exists for at home, inexpensive, self-administered, "paper" COVID-19 tests that are likely accurate enough to pick up the vast majority of infectious cases of COVID-19. And how lower sensitivity of inexpensive tests may be ideal for a screening test that is performed with high frequency. Utilization of scalable paper COVID-19 tests may provide the optimal path forward to curtail the growth of COVID-19 and open schools and our economy in a much safer way. (This video was recorded July 20, 2020).

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This Week in Virology Episode 640 |

NEJM |

NYU Study on Abbott ID Now |

New York Times |

Test Sensitivity is Secondary to Frequency (Dr. Mina) |

Abbott ID Now |

CNN Test Costs |

Johns Hopkins Tracker |

Live Science |

Korean CDC |

Washington Post |

Reuters |

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