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Dogs trained to detect COVID-19 in saliva samples

“Researchers in Germany have trained dogs to detect COVID-19 infections from saliva samples. After only one week of training, the dogs were able to detect the presence of the infection with a 94% accuracy rate.” | learn more

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What is SalivaDirect?

“It is an RNA-extraction free, dualplex PCR for saliva to detect #SARS-CoV-2. It is meant to make sample collection and testing simpler and cheaper for large screening needs – like any “return-to” program.“ | learn more

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Pandemic loneliness is better than expected

When the pandemic-induced quarantines began earlier this year, many worried that loneliness would increase. Well, good news! “Surprisingly, it seems that levels of loneliness around the world have remained generally stable. How have we avoided a social fallout?” | learn more

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Indoor air is the next coronavirus frontline

Axios Future did a nice job highlighting some of the dynamics around indoor air quality. I expect most establishments are unprepared to put guests at ease about air cleanliness this winter. I’ve also heard that some HVAC manufacturers are having […]

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Frequent, fast and cheap is better than sensitive

Regarding Covid-19 tests: “A number of firms have developed cheap, paper-strip tests for coronavirus that report results at-home in about 15 minutes but they have yet to be approved for use by the FDA because the FDA appears to be […]

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A $175 Covid-19 test, $2,479 in charges

“A global pandemic ravaging America is no time to forget the first rule of American health care: There is no set price. One out-of-network medical provider in Texas seeks permission from patients to charge fees as high as six-figures to […]

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Pooled testing is super beneficial

The blog Marginal Revolution first introduced me to the idea of pooled testing a few months ago. They’re back on the topic with even more interesting detail. “The primary benefit of pooled testing is obvious. If 1% are infected and […]