I was really unsure if I had it because I didn’t have too bad of a cough or shortness of breath, which were kind of the key symptoms. But I had all the other symptoms and people in my building were sick and I was in New York so it just made sense. I didn’t get tested because it wasn’t recommended at the time unless you were in really bad shape. I didn’t want to take a test from someone who actually needed it. … [Read more...] about 6 People on Life After a Positive Coronavirus Antibody Test
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Experts generally agree that any variability in PCR results is most often attributed to human error, not the tests. “The confusion over the PCR tests has been because of sample collection,” Schacker said. “You get into some goofy stuff if you’re doing a nasopharyngeal swab and you don’t collect it correctly. There may not be virus there when the person might actually be infected or if you use the wrong kind of swab, you can screw up the result.” False negatives can arise when swabs don’t go deep enough or collect enough material or a test is taken too soon or too late. The first nasal swab Gilmore was given was administered by a health-care provider who swabbed for only a few seconds and the second by a doctor who counted to ten out loud. Researchers don’t yet know the degree to which human error may be whittling down accuracy, but at least one early study suggested PCR accuracy may range from 66 percent to 88 percent in the real world. … [Read more...] about How Reliable Are COVID-19 Tests?
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump's focus scattered amid multiple crises SC beach linked to hundreds of coronavirus cases as it braces for 4th of July tourists The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said last week that a recent jump in confirmed cases was not due to higher rates of testing. He also noted that the U.S. was still in the "first wave" of the outbreak and that people's behavior could be a cause of the recent surge. … [Read more...] about Biden campaign rips ‘outrageous’ Trump comments on coronavirus testing
Lakdawalla and colleagues estimate that pooled testing could save schools and businesses between 50 percent and 70 percent on costs. Under their model, a group of 100 employees could be divided into 20 batches of five people. Assuming 5 percent of people carry the virus, only five pools would test positive, requiring individual testing. Ultimately, 45 tests would be needed for the pooled approach, versus 100 individual tests. … [Read more...] about ‘Pooled testing’ for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls
When the season resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the Nuggets will start with a 43-22 record, placing them 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference playoff race. … [Read more...] about Positive Tests Force Nuggets to Close Practice Facilities