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Testing won’t help fight coronavirus unless we do this

The Honorable Newt Gingrich
 

By Newt Gingrich (original source Fox News) 

“One of the biggest advancements we’ve seen during the coronavirus pandemic crisis is the development of rapid, on-site tests for COVID-19. Thanks to this innovation, the turnaround time for such tests has been reduced from one week to one hour or less.

However, getting test results is just half the challenge. It does no good to get a test result in less than an hour if it takes public health agencies a week or longer to act on the information.

Unfortunately, this is exactly the crisis America is in danger of drifting into as rapid testing expands to tens of thousands of different sites across the country.

If we can’t process and react to all these different COVID-19 tests in real-time, then the likelihood of a second wave of the virus this fall, as well as another societal shutdown, increases dramatically.”

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