Illustration of man receiving a COVID test.
Opinion: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Importance of Testing
The pandemic has yielded many lessons. One is that adequate and well-distributed diagnostics are key to battling disease outbreaks.
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Opinion: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Importance of Testing
Opinion: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About the Importance of Testing

The pandemic has yielded many lessons. One is that adequate and well-distributed diagnostics are key to battling disease outbreaks.

The pandemic has yielded many lessons. One is that adequate and well-distributed diagnostics are key to battling disease outbreaks.

ABOVE: MODIFIED FROM © ISTOCK.COM, KETPIXEL; © ISTOCK.COM, DRAFTER123

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Rapid antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2
Are Rapid Tests Worse at Detecting Omicron—and Does It Matter?
Catherine Offord | Jan 14, 2022
Anecdotal reports and results from small studies on the diagnostics’ accuracy have prompted questions about the devices’ usage with the new variant, but researchers say more data are needed and emphasize the continued importance of SARS-CoV-2 testing.
Sodas, Lemon Juice Cause False Positives in Rapid COVID-19 Tests
Christie Wilcox | Jul 12, 2021
Lateral flow tests for COVID-19 can be very accurate and specific when used as directed, but introducing acidic fluids can cause the tests’ detecting antibodies to clump, which may read as a positive result.
The Researchers Who Pivoted to COVID-19: One Year On
Shawna Williams | Jul 1, 2021
The Scientist checks in on scientists who switched gears to combat the pandemic.
Helen Murray Free smiling at the camera, wearing a red shirt and black jacket with red trim.
Diabetes Testing Pioneer Helen Free Dies at 98
Lisa Winter | May 5, 2021
Free’s dip-and-read urinalysis allowed diabetics to monitor glucose levels at home, rather than at a hospital.