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Approval of at-home tests releases a pandemic-fighting weapon

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved inexpensive, at-home coronavirus tests for over-the-counter sales this week, adding a potentially powerful weapon to the nation’s pandemic-fighting arsenal that experts say will likely still be needed despite increasing numbers of vaccinated Americans. One of them is Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology, who has called on federal… Read More »

Should random COVID-19 tests for kids and teachers be part of our back-to-school plans?

Article content continued Testing comes with its own challenges: Test someone in the early stages of infection and the test might come back “negative,” because there hasn’t been enough time for the person to develop enough viral load to be detectable, said University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan. “So, a negative result doesn’t necessarily put… Read More »

28% of Covid-19 tests are positive in one Florida county as the US breaks another case record

A total of 6,991 people are hospitalized because of the virus, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration said Friday. Friday brought 63,900 new Covid-19 cases nationwide, a single-day record, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The new high comes as many states set records in infection rates and hospitalizations. While 29 states saw… Read More »

10,000 Free In-Home HIV Tests Provided to Meet Growing Need

Due to COVID-19 shutdowns, physical distancing and the redirection of health care efforts to fight that pandemic, HIV testing across the United States has dropped between 50% and 70% since February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the need for HIV testing has not diminished. To help provide this important service,… Read More »