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The Case for the Rapid (but Imperfect) Test

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Imagine if every morning before you showered you spit into a test tube, and by the time you got out, you knew if you had Covid-19. That result would dictate whether you went to work or saw friends or if you stayed home and isolated.

This technology exists, and some experts say it could be a pandemic game-changer, but critics of the idea, including the FDA, say the tests aren’t reliable…

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Dana G Smith

Dana G Smith

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental

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