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$5 COVID test, DIY-style, may be on the way

Feb 25, 2021
Half-hour, at-home tests that you can do without a prescription are on the verge of going big.
They're known as rapid antigen tests. Right now there is no cheap, at-home version available in the United States without a prescription, but several applications are in the queue before the FDA. Pictured: A rapid antigen test in Spain.
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Schools try new COVID-19 testing strategy: pooling specimens

Feb 8, 2021
Pooled testing lets schools monitor lots of students and teachers who have no symptoms but could be carriers.
Coronavirus testing will remain essential in the United States and around the world, even as vaccines go into people's arms.
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Biden plans federal board to surge COVID-19 testing. What might that look like?

Jan 5, 2021
To boost testing, the Biden team has proposed a federal Pandemic Testing Board, modeled after the War Production Board.
President-elect Joe Biden announces key members of his health team in December. Ramping up coronavirus testing will be one of his priorities.
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Australian company first to develop fully at-home COVID test

Dec 17, 2020
Everything needed for the test — which the FDA gave emergency authorization — is inside the box, except for a smartphone.
The Ellume COVID-19 Home Test connects directly to users’ smartphone, providing for step-by-step instructions and display of test results.
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What Biden's COVID task force can do before inauguration

One immunization expert says the Biden team should be talking to state leaders about what they'll need to roll out vaccines.
"The transition team can do a lot to amplify and reinforce the messages of scientists and public health experts," says Dr. Kelly Moore of  the Immunization Action Coalition.
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Airlines push for more COVID tests, fewer quarantines to get more people traveling

Airlines believe the fear of sitting next to an infected passenger and 14-day mandatory quarantines are keeping more people from flying.
Travelers stand at an information desk to ask about the free-of-charge COVID-19 testing station at Düsseldorf International Airport on October 19, 2020.
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Workplace testing for COVID-19 is still limited

Oct 8, 2020
The cost and complexity of testing employees means many industries aren't benefiting.
Rapid testing can help workplaces open back up, but only to an extent.
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Insurers' offers to cover COVID-19 treatment are expiring

Aug 21, 2020
The offers made business sense at the height of the pandemic. Things are more complicated now.
A health care worker swabs a patient during a COVID-19 test. While testing is covered by insurance under federal law, treatment isn't.
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Testing, testing: Labs, supply chain overwhelmed by coronavirus surge and diagnostic demand

Jul 7, 2020
Corporations, schools and sports leagues are putting additional pressure on testing supplies.
A health worker administers a coronavirus test in Florida. Demand for testing has surged.
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