Tag: Tests (Medical)

The Covid Drug Wars That Pitted Doctor vs. Doctor

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. Mangala Narasimhan, an intensive-care-unit doctor, started feeling impatient soon after the start of a meeting she attended at Long Island Jewish Medical Center on May 13. She wanted to […]

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‘It’s Like Having No Testing’: Coronavirus Test Results Are Still Delayed

Frustrated by a nationwide testing backlog, the governors of six states took the unusual step of banding together on Tuesday to reduce the turnaround time for coronavirus test results from days to minutes. The agreement, by three Republican governors and three Democratic governors, was called the first interstate testing compact of its kind. The six […]

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How to Think Like an Epidemiologist

There is a statistician’s rejoinder — sometimes offered as wry criticism, sometimes as honest advice — that could hardly be a better motto for our times: “Update your priors!” In stats lingo, “priors” are your prior knowledge and beliefs, inevitably fuzzy and uncertain, before seeing evidence. Evidence prompts an updating; and then more evidence prompts […]

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‘The Biggest Monster’ Is Spreading. And It’s Not the Coronavirus.

It begins with a mild fever and malaise, followed by a painful cough and shortness of breath. The infection prospers in crowds, spreading to people in close reach. Containing an outbreak requires contact tracing, as well as isolation and treatment of the sick for weeks or months. This insidious disease has touched every part of […]

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A Hospital Forgot to Bill Her Coronavirus Test. It Cost Her $1,980.

The New York Times is investigating the costs associated with testing and treatment for the coronavirus and how the pandemic is changing health care in America. You can read more about the project and submit your medical bills here. When Debbie Krebs got the bill for a March emergency room visit, she immediately noticed something […]

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Congress, Test Thyself

Representative Louie Gohmert, Republican of Texas, is not the first member of Congress to test positive for Covid-19. At least 14 lawmakers, hailing from both parties and both chambers, are known to have either tested or been presumed positive for the coronavirus. But something about the diagnosis of Mr. Gohmert, who has belligerently flouted public […]

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Trump’s Coronavirus Testing Chief Concedes a Lag in Test Results

WASHINGTON — With schools, universities and businesses pinning their hopes for reopening on rapid coronavirus testing, the Trump administration’s testing czar told Congress on Friday that getting test results within two to three days “is not a possible benchmark we can achieve today.” But even that sober assessment from Adm. Brett P. Giroir, the assistant […]

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The Coronavirus Infected Hundreds at a Georgia Summer Camp

As schools and universities plan for the new academic year, and administrators grapple with complex questions about how to keep young people safe, a new report about a coronavirus outbreak at a sleepaway camp in Georgia provides fresh reasons for concern. The camp implemented several precautionary measures against the virus, but stopped short of requiring […]

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Covid-19 Testing Is in Short Supply. Should You Still Get a Test?

What is a conscientious person who already wears a mask and maintains social distance to do? Is there a moral obligation to get a test? Yes, said R. Alta Charo, a professor of law and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “One of the most important things to keep in mind when discussing public health […]

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Andrew Cuomo: Coronavirus Tests Can Have Fast Results, Here’s How

It’s been six months since the United States reported its first coronavirus case, and getting a test can still take days. National labs are overwhelmed, leaving people to wait as much as two weeks for results. Every day that testing falls short is another day the virus can spread undetected, costing lives and delaying the […]

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Contact Tracing Is Failing in Many States. Here’s Why.

In Arizona’s most populated region, the coronavirus is so ubiquitous that contact tracers have been unable to reach a fraction of those infected. In Austin, Tex., the story is much the same. Just as it is in North Carolina, where the state’s health secretary recently told state lawmakers that its tracking program was hiring outside […]

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Children May Carry Coronavirus at High Levels, Study Finds

It has been a comforting refrain in the national conversation about reopening schools: Young children are mostly spared by the coronavirus and don’t seem to spread it to others, at least not very often. But on Thursday, a study introduced an unwelcome wrinkle into this smooth narrative. Infected children have at least as much of […]

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‘Amazing, Isn’t It?’ Long Sought Blood Test for Alzheimer’s in Reach

A newly developed blood test for Alzheimer’s has diagnosed the disease as accurately as methods that are far more expensive or invasive, scientists reported on Tuesday, a significant step toward a longtime goal for patients, doctors and dementia researchers. The test has the potential to make diagnosis simple, affordable and widely available. The test determined […]

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A Possible Weapon Against the Pandemic: Printing Human Tissue

This article is part of our continuing Fast Forward series, which examines technological, economic, social and cultural shifts that happen as businesses evolve. As shortages of personal protective equipment persist during the coronavirus pandemic, 3-D printing has helped to alleviate some of the gaps. But Anthony Atala, the director of the Wake Forest Institute for […]

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Hoping to Understand the Virus, Everyone Is Parsing a Mountain of Data

CHICAGO — The latest count of new coronavirus cases was jarring: Some 1,500 virus cases were identified three consecutive days last week in Illinois, and fears of a resurgence in the state even led the mayor of Chicago to shut down bars all over town on Friday. But at the same moment, there were other, […]

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What America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Like Abroad

Video transcript Back transcript ‘That’s Ridiculous.’ How America’s Coronavirus Response Looks Abroad. From lockdowns to testing, we showed people from around the world the facts and figures on how America handled the virus. It wasn’t pretty. All right. OK. “And I spoke with Angela Merkel today. I spoke with many of the leaders over the […]

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Your Coronavirus Antibodies Are Disappearing. Should You Care?

Your blood carries the memory of every pathogen you’ve ever encountered. If you’ve been infected with the coronavirus, your body most likely remembers that, too. Antibodies are the legacy of that encounter. Why, then, have so many people stricken by the virus discovered that they don’t seem to have antibodies? Blame the tests. Most commercial […]

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When Is a Coronavirus Test Not a Coronavirus Test?

Desperate to continue the tradition of a family beach week, I hatched a plan that would allow some mask- and sanitizer-enhanced semblance of normality. We hadn’t seen my two 20-something children in months. They’d spent the lockdown in Brooklyn; one of them most likely had the disease in late March, before testing was available. My […]

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Why It’s Taking So Long for New Yorkers to Get Test Results

Weather: Keep an umbrella handy in case of a thunderstorm. High in the mid-80s. Things clear up over the weekend: Mostly sunny, with highs around 90. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Thursday (Eid al-Adha). Read about the new amended regulations here. ImageCredit…Justin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock Like thousands of New Yorkers, Zach Honig is still waiting […]

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‘Person. Woman. Man. Camera. TV.’ Didn’t Mean What Trump Hoped It Did

WASHINGTON — Presidents and those who would be president often boast of their qualifications — their education, their experience, their achievements. And then there is President Trump, who is boasting about his dementia test. Even for a president who has rewritten the political rule book so many times before, the spectacle of a commander in […]

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Spain’s Coronavirus Crisis Accelerated as Warnings Went Unheeded

MADRID — At the end of January, a German tourist became Spain’s first coronavirus patient. At the time, the health threat seemed for the nation as remote as the tiny Spanish island of La Gomera, where he was treated. Two weeks later, the German walked out of hospital, and Spain celebrated being again “virus free.” […]

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9-Day Waits for Test Results Threaten N.Y.C.’s Ability to Contain Virus

Nearly four months after the pandemic’s peak, New York City is facing such serious delays in returning coronavirus testing results that public health experts are warning that the problems could hinder efforts to reopen the local economy and schools. Despite repeated pledges from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio that testing would […]

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Coronavirus Testing Labs Again Lack Key Supplies

Labs across the country are facing backlogs in coronavirus testing thanks in part to a shortage of tiny pieces of tapered plastic. Researchers need these little disposables, called pipette tips, to quickly and precisely move liquid between vials as they process the tests. As the number of known coronavirus cases in the United States fast […]

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Can You Become Reinfected With Covid? It’s Very Unlikely, Experts Say

The anecdotes are alarming. A woman in Los Angeles seemed to recover from Covid-19, but weeks later took a turn for the worse and tested positive again. A New Jersey doctor claimed several patients healed from one bout only to become reinfected with the coronavirus. And another doctor said a second round of illness was […]

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C.D.C. Data Shows U.S. Coronavirus Infections Much Higher Than Reported

The number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States was anywhere from two to 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings suggest that large numbers of people who did not have […]

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What Is It That Keeps Most Little Kids From Getting Covid-19?

On the way home from a jog one afternoon in early July, Dr. Silvia Chiang noticed her husband and 2½-year-old daughter playing outdoors with a handful of neighborhood kids and their moms in face masks. As someone who specializes in pediatric infectious diseases and has helped care for dozens of children with Covid-19, Chiang said […]

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Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognitive Test. What Does That Really Mean?

In recent interviews, President Trump has been boasting about a cognitive test that he took recently and “aced.” It’s not the first time — he made similar remarks in January 2018. But he once again has not said what test he took, or what his score was, making it difficult to know what to make […]

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Testing Backlogs May Cloud the True Spread of the Coronavirus

As demand for coronavirus testing surges around the nation, laboratories that process samples are again experiencing backlogs that have left anxious patients and their doctors waiting days — sometimes a week or more — for results. At the city and state levels, testing delays could mask persistent rises in case numbers and could cloud ways to combat the […]

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Long Waits for U.K. Hospital Treatment as N.H.S. Fights Coronavirus

LONDON — After nine months of waiting for surgery, Ruth Fawcett’s knee muscles wasted away, causing her joint to come loose in its socket and leaving her unable to walk without assistance. “They’ve just stopped doing surgery for cases that they call nonlife-threatening and when they start again, they will probably have to prioritize the […]

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