Blog | 5/8/2020

Demystifying SARS-CoV-2 Testing for COVID-19 (Second Edition)

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  • Much is still unknown regarding the markers of disease and recovery process for SARS-CoV-2, including if and what immunity arises and which tests or markers can be useful in assessing immunity status
  • A multi-phased plan is required to reopen the economy post-COVID-19, with significantly daily testing capacity (millions) required at all stages
    • Challenges with scientific validation, regulatory, manufacturing, and ongoing logistics must be overcome to successfully ramp up testing capacities in the US
    • Hundreds of molecular and serology tests are now available, but many have limited accuracy (high false positive/negative rates) due to the rapid development and lack of validation of these tests
  • In this edition of Demystifying COVID-19 Testing, we highlight what is required now and in the future to move to a “new normal” and why it is challenging to get this testing up and running at volumes needed in the US


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