We need COVID-19 testing that returns results within minutes, and we need a lot of them. The best path is developing many different tests that use different materials so we don’t strain supply chains.
For the U.S. to climb its way out of the coronavirus crisis, experts have said we need a rapid, cheap, and effective COVID-19 test. Currently, our existing testing either takes too long to deliver results, is too expensive to be done frequently, or is too painful, which deters people from going. Many options are some combination of all three. But the key to safely returning to the office or sending our kids to school, especially as we wait for a COVID-19 vaccine, doesn’t lie in just one “perfect” COVID-19 test: We need multiple rapid and affordable tests, from a variety of supply chains.
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