Two-Step Testing Could Slow Covid-19 Transmission Dramatically

In the United States, testing for Covid-19 has become a persistent problem. For some without insurance, it is too costly. For others living in remote or underserved areas, too inaccessible. For us all, far too slow.

While some tests take only a few minutes to complete, most tests take much longer to deliver results. If the person awaiting results isn’t cautious, the time needed to process samples in a lab—anywhere from a few days to a few weeks—becomes time enough for the virus to spread far and wide.

The two-step method is not only a better way to test, but could potentially reduce transmission by 50 percent or more—and do so quickly.

Read original article on the Forbes website (published August 7, 2020)

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