UMass Chan Medical School: New research shows value of at-home antigen tests in slowing spread of COVID-19

UMass Chan Medical School: New research shows value of at-home antigen tests in slowing spread of COVID-19. “Two recent studies supported by the National Institutes of Health Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) Tech program demonstrate how widespread distribution of COVID-19 at-home antigen tests can be used as an effective public health strategy to reduce the spread of the disease.”

CNN: With fewer cases and less demand, many Covid-19 testing sites are shutting down

CNN: With fewer cases and less demand, many Covid-19 testing sites are shutting down. “As Covid-19 numbers reach pandemic lows across the United States, many Covid-19 testing sites have begun closing their doors. Some testing sites have been open for almost two years, many seeing hundreds or even thousands of people a day. Now, home tests are more readily available, and demand for testing sites is falling.”

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown

Associated Press: Hong Kong urges testing, Shanghai struggles under lockdown. “Hong Kong authorities on Saturday asked the entire population of more than 7.4 million people to voluntarily test themselves for COVID-19 at home for three days in a row starting next week. The announcement by Chief Executive Carrie Lam came as the southern Chinese city is struggling to contain its worst outbreak with authorities sending mixed signals about testing and lockdowns.”

UMass Chan Medical School: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests detect omicron and delta variants similarly, study finds

UMass Chan Medical School: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests detect omicron and delta variants similarly, study finds. “At-home antigen tests performed similarly in detecting omicron and delta SARS-CoV-2 variants in comparison to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and remain valuable tools to inform people of their infection status quickly, according to a study authored by UMass Chan Medical School and associated researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative. The research appeared in medRxiv, a preprint online platform, and has not yet been peer reviewed.”

CNN: Demand for Covid-19 testing is falling, but experts caution it’s as important as ever

CNN: Demand for Covid-19 testing is falling, but experts caution it’s as important as ever. “As the United States emerges from the Omicron wave, Covid-19 testing has slowed to a fraction of what it was at the beginning of the year. In mid-January, as daily case counts reached their peak, about 2.5 million tests were processed each day in the United States. Now, there are about 670,000 tests coming through each day, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.”

Washington Post: ‘Sham’ coronavirus testing company gave people false results as samples piled up in trash bags, lawsuit claims

Washington Post: ‘Sham’ coronavirus testing company gave people false results as samples piled up in trash bags, lawsuit claims. “Last month, as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spread throughout the United States, a woman in Washington state grew frustrated after waiting five hours for her rapid coronavirus test result. But when she returned to the site, a staffer told her the clinic had lost her result, court records state. The woman told authorities she got a second coronavirus test at the same Center for Covid Control site. But two hours later, she was told her test result had been misplaced again.”

WGBH: A shot and a swab: New Hampshire to sell at-home COVID tests in liquor outlets

WGBH: A shot and a swab: New Hampshire to sell at-home COVID tests in liquor outlets. “If you live in New Hampshire and are having trouble getting an at-home rapid COVID-19 test, you might soon find them among the bottles at state-run liquor stores. The New Hampshire Executive Council approved the request to sell 1 million at-home rapid COVID tests at liquor outlets across the state, Gov. Christopher Sununu said.”

Popsugar Fitness: How to Make Sure Your COVID Test Isn’t Fake

Popsugar Fitness: How to Make Sure Your COVID Test Isn’t Fake. “While free at-home COVID tests from the government should be arriving soon, you may still need to buy tests more frequently due to the surge of the Omicron variant. Just like fake N95 masks exist, so too do fake at-home COVID tests. Here’s how to ensure what you’re buying is an actual (and reliable) COVID test.”