Tag Archives: Tests

Weekly tests for quarantine workers

Acting chief medical officer professor Paul Kelly has announced weekly coronavirus tests for hotel quarantine workers around the country, after South Australia was forced into lockdown. SA is the second state to be affected by breaches in the system, with Victoria only recently emerging from its deadly second wave, which originated in quarantine hotels. Premier… Read More »

Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor says

A Harvard epidemiologist and expert in disease testing is calling for a shift in strategy toward a cheap, daily, do-it-yourself test that he says can be as effective as a vaccine at interrupting coronavirus transmission — and is currently the only viable option for a quick return to an approximation of normal life. “These are our… Read More »

Fast, Less Accurate Covid Tests May Ease the U.S. Backlog, Experts Say

For months, the call for coronavirus testing has been led by one resounding refrain: To keep outbreaks under control, doctors and researchers need to deploy the most accurate tests available — ones reliable enough to root out as many infections as possible, even in the absence of symptoms. That’s long been the dogma of infectious… Read More »

False-negative COVID-19 tests highlight need for testing accuracy

As communities across the U.S. have struggled to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have focused on the lack of widespread testing as a major barrier to safely reopening the country. As progress has been made on this front, the concern has shifted to testing accuracy, predominantly with antibody tests, which are… Read More »

NHS and care home staff will get access to coronavirus antibody tests from next week

NHS and care workers will FINALLY get free coronavirus antibody tests after Number 10 agrees deal with pharmaceutical giant Roche Hundreds of thousands of frontline NHS and care workers to be offered the tests Tests scour the blood for antibodies, produced by body in response to COVID-19 Presumed that presence of antibodies provides degree of… Read More »

Dr. Scott Gottlieb on coronavirus antibody tests: ‘I would repeat it three times’ to make sure

Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Monday warned about the accuracy of antibody tests for the coronavirus, telling CNBC that people should not trust the results of only one test.  “If you do go out and get an antibody test, and you get a positive result, meaning you have the antibodies, I would suggest you repeat it,”… Read More »