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After more than a month of testing without a single positive case, the probability of coronavirus lurking in Victoria is vanishingly small.
The prime minister big new plan is a flawed policy in search of the science to back it up.
Workers on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 removed the main sign to the visitors’ entrance to the CDC, leaving instead a temporary one made of cardboard-like material.
The CDC has long been a trusted source of health information, keeping the public not only safe but calm in times of disease outbreaks. Public health officials fear now for its reputation.
As cases surge, testing needs to increase as well.
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Test positivity rates measure the success of a testing program. Even though the US performs a huge number of tests, high test positivity rates across the country show that that it still isn't enough.
There are functional tests for coronavirus, but not enough of them are being done.
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Ideally everyone could get tested frequently for the coronavirus. No state is close to achieving this, but some are doing better than others. What are the challenges in meeting demand for testing?
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Too many people are going out with COVID-19 symptoms or while awaiting a test result, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said, after the state hit a bleak new record of 484 new cases.
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For the vast majority of people, no — you don't need a referral to get tested at dedicated public COVID-19 testing clinic. It's different if you plan to get tested at a private pathology clinic.
If you've got a test but haven't heard back, it's possible the delay is caused by test samples needing to be taken to interstate labs and the huge scale of testing underway.
To control the COVID-19 pandemic through random testing would require about 6.5 million test a day. Using group testing and machine learning could get that number down to fewer than 40,000 day.
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Recent cases remind us that although children and teens are considered less likely than adults to catch and spread COVID-19, everyone with symptoms should get a test — including children and teens.
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The prospects of elimination remain elusive but even with the current Victoria outbreak, Australia is maintaining a high number of tests per thousand people.
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There are some very good reasons why some people decline coronavirus testing, which we need to address before jumping to conclusions.
Saliva testing is less sensitive than a nasal swab. But in the midst of a public health crisis, in some cases a test with slightly reduced sensitivity may be better than no test at all.
As compulsory testing and more restrictive quarantine rules are being considered, it is critical these measures are properly communicated and used with restraint.
Australia is performing better than many other countries with comparable populations and geographies, a new COVID-19 data visualisation reveals.
Germany led the way with its early response to the coronavirus crisis.
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Countries across the globe responded differently to the pandemic, and results show a difference in effectiveness as well.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is currently detected using invasive nasal swabs. But the virus is also present in saliva, potentially paving the way for cheaper, safer tests that people could do at home.
As we start to test people without symptoms for COVID-19, the likelihood of generating false positive tests goes up. Here's why that's a problem.
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Test, trace, maintain social distance, and keep travel bans and quarantines in place. These measures will help Australia keep the coronavirus in check as we gradually emerge from lockdown hibernation.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases.
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The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.