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Laboratory testing still plays a vital role in the diagnosis and the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Phill Magakoe / AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 in South Africa: who should get tested, and what’s available

It is important to understand that not everyone should be tested and that the timing and correct use of the different types tests is important in order to gain the best results.
Easy, fast coronavirus testing is critical to controlling the virus. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Will the new 15-minute COVID-19 test solve US testing problems?

The new BinaxNOW antigen test is quick, easy, accurate and cheap. It could solve the US testing problem, but the emergency use authorization only allows people with COVID-19 symptoms to get tested.
Pooling samples means one test can screen multiple people. Tetra Images via Getty Images

Group testing for coronavirus – called pooled testing – could be the fastest and cheapest way to increase screening nationwide

Screening multiple samples with a single test gets more people diagnosed using fewer supplies. Two health policy researchers explain how it works and how it could help the US.
The death of George Floyd when a police officer kneeled on his neck sparked days of protests in cities across the U.S. Lauren A. Little/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty

How to protest during a pandemic and still keep everyone safe from coronavirus

It's nearly impossible to avoid close contact when protesting, and easy to forget the risks. An infectious disease expert answers key questions about how to avoid spreading the coronavirus to family.

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