WRAL: NC researchers will study not quarantining COVID-19 exposed students in some counties

WRAL: NC researchers will study not quarantining COVID-19 exposed students in some counties. ” Researchers in North Carolina will study a replacement for quarantine in schools that would include coronavirus testing and allow students or school staff stay in school. The ABC Science Collaborative, with permission from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, will study this method in nine school districts that require people to wear masks indoors.”

CNN: Biden administration to boost at-home rapid testing with $1 billion investment

CNN: Biden administration to boost at-home rapid testing with $1 billion investment. “The Biden administration is set to boost Covid-19 testing in the US by announcing an additional investment in at-home rapid tests. On Wednesday, a White House official said, the US will announce a $1 billion investment, which will go toward the ‘purchase of rapid at-home Covid tests to further mobilize our testing manufacturers to bring more to market.’”

Mashable: Could your COVID-19 test be wrong?

Mashable: Could your COVID-19 test be wrong? . “No test, whether for COVID-19 or another infection or medical condition, is perfect, and false results are always possible. But the accuracy of COVID-19 tests has improved since the virus first emerged, and scientists also now have data showing that the most effective tests, like PCR and other molecular tests, are often correct. If you have reason to suspect a false result, it may make sense to confirm your results with another test. But for the most effective tests, false positive results may be particularly rare. False negatives are also relatively uncommon with these tests, especially if you have symptoms. Still, a number of individual factors affect accuracy, including what type of test you take, whether you have symptoms, and more.”

ABC News: School districts struggle to establish COVID-19 testing, frustrating parents

ABC News: School districts struggle to establish COVID-19 testing, frustrating parents. “Six months after President Joe Biden offered states $10 billion so schools could routinely test students and staff to prevent asymptomatic cases, the school year is being hindered by the virus. Some 925,000 children have become infected since school began this fall, according to data collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a staggering spike that has pushed many more kids into quarantine.”

BNN: Americans Ramp Up Google Searches for Covid Tests Amid Scarcity

BNN: Americans Ramp Up Google Searches for Covid Tests Amid Scarcity. “The number of Americans looking up ‘at-home Covid test near me’ on the platform has doubled in the past month, according to Google Trends, while those asking how long rapid test results take is up by 250%. In the past week, users were also more interested in searches related to tests, rather than vaccines, in most states, with Louisiana and Mississippi as exceptions.”

New York Times: Where Are the Tests?

New York Times: Where Are the Tests?. “In Britain, France and Germany, rapid testing is widely available and inexpensive, thanks to government subsidies. People can visit testing sites, like tents outside pharmacies in France or abandoned nightclubs in Germany, and get tested at no charge…. In the U.S., by contrast, people usually take a different kind of test — known as a P.C.R. test — which must be processed by a laboratory and sometimes does not return results for more than 24 hours.”

Reuters: Vietnam’s capital ramps up testing after extending COVID-19 curbs

Reuters: Vietnam’s capital ramps up testing after extending COVID-19 curbs. ” Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, extended COVID-19 restrictions on Monday for a further two weeks, as authorities launched a plan to conduct tests on the city’s 8 million people to try to curb a climb in infections that started in late April. The Southeast Asian country dealt successfully with the virus for much of the pandemic, but the virulent Delta variant has proved more challenging in recent months.”

Ubergizmo: Researchers Create A COVID-19 Antibodies Testing Kit That Can Return Results In 30 Minutes

Ubergizmo: Researchers Create A COVID-19 Antibodies Testing Kit That Can Return Results In 30 Minutes. “Over the years, the tech has been improved upon and has since expanded to cover more than 40 different allergens, and now also covers several key COVID-19 proteins. How it works is that a microchip is coated with a substance that can react to light. A sample liquid containing the protein of interest is dropped onto the microchip and then exposed to ultraviolet light that immobilizes the protein. A CCD camera is then used to measure the amount of emitted light which happens when antibodies in the blood serum bind to the viral proteins, and from there, the system can then quantify the number of antibodies present.”

Washington Post: Free rapid at-home coronavirus tests could make pandemic life easier

Washington Post: Free rapid at-home coronavirus tests could make pandemic life easier. “Imagine if once a week, each student, teacher and staff member at your local school took a rapid test, with positive results meaning quick quarantines, isolation and more robust testing to identify and lock down infections before they spread wildly. Throughout the pandemic, one of the big problems has been the way the virus spreads before symptoms manifest and that it spreads in the delay between the desire to get tested, the actual test and the reporting of results. Rapid tests can help mitigate that risk. And even at a more local, personal level, they might help limit the spread of the virus, as they surely did when they kept me from exposing my bandmates to possible infection on the planned second night of our reunion gig.”

NBC News: What Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testingWhat Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testing

NBC News: What Missouri schools learned the hard way about rapid Covid testing. “The spread of the delta variant has mired communities in emotional fights about how to safely send children — most of whom are unvaccinated — back to classrooms, particularly in states like Missouri, which has been bedeviled by a high aversion to mask mandates and low vaccination rates. As classes begin, once again schools must weigh testing and other strategies to limit Covid-19’s spread — potentially without a deep supply of test kits available.”

NewsWise: Clinical trial shows testing saliva for COVID-19 is as reliable as nasal swab

NewsWise: Clinical trial shows testing saliva for COVID-19 is as reliable as nasal swab. “In a real-world trial, a team of clinician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have demonstrated that tests of self-collected saliva provided comparable results to tests performed by trained healthcare professionals using NP swabs. The researchers concluded that saliva tests detect 93 percent of COVID-19 infections in an outpatient setting.”