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COVID-19 Antigen Testing

Rapid antigen tests are commonly used in the diagnosis of respiratory pathogens, including influenza viruses and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The FDA has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for antigen tests that can identify SARS-CoV-2.

An antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with a pathogen such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once the infection has gone, the antigen disappears.

This COVID-19 test detects certain proteins in the virus. Using a long nasal swab (nasopharyngeal swab) or throat swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes.

January 19, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Just days ago, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated information about the COVID-19 tests it has authorized since early in the pandemic. As of Jan. 15, 2021, the agency had authorized a total of 317 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Included in this total are 236 mo…

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Top 10 2020 Lab Stories Are about More than Just COVID-19

This is an excerpt of a 3,689-word article in the December 28, 2020 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: There are several surprises in The Dark R…

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2020’s Top 10 Lab Stories Are Without Precedent!

CEO SUMMARY: There are several surprises in The Dark Report’s list of the Top 10 Lab Stories for 2020. Despite the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic dominating every aspect of clinical care, social…

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UK Postpones Mass COVID Testing Plan Due to Questions of Accuracy

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, A MASS COVID-19 TESTING PLAN called “Operation Moonshot” is on hold until at least the end of January. Under the plan, health ministers sought to increase daily SARS-CoV-2 testing from 430,000 to 10 million Englanders per day.  …

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Pooled COVID Testing a Success for New York Hospital Lab

This is an excerpt of a 1,552-word article in the November 16, 2020 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Pooled COVID testing helps the clinical lab staff at the hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., do …

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NY Hospital Lab Succeeds with Pooled COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Pooled testing helps the clinical lab staff at the hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., do more COVID-19 tests when supplies might otherwise run short. Lab managers estimate this method has saved 5,000 test cartridges since May. Pooled testing also helps the physician st…

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IVD Firms Report Robust Growth In Third Quarter Financial Reports

FOR THE BIGGER IN VITRO (IVD) COMPANIES, the third quarter (Q3) ending Sept. 30 was a time when diagnostic sales rose—molecular testing is skyrocketing, actually—while other corporate divisions continued to lag amid the COVID-19 pandemic. …

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November 16, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

It appears that the onset of the influenza season in North America is bringing with it a sizeable increase in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases. In the second week of November, the United States saw daily new cases push towards 200,000—which is more than double the mid-July peak of about 70,00…

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High-Complexity Mobile Labs for COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Demand for high-complexity mobile coronavirus testing facilities is high, according to the CEO of a start-up company building 25 clinical labs in mobile trailers that can do hundreds of tests per eight-hour day. Employers, schools, event organizers, and other entities all…

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Health Insurers Push Back On COVID-19 Test Claims

CEO SUMMARY: Under new federal laws, health insurers are required to pay for testing for the novel coronavirus without cost-sharing, prior authorization, or medical management limits, but insurers are questioning these COVID-19 lab test bills and denying many of the claims, a healthca…

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