The US is still on its heels when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Will mailing free at-home tests make a difference? An immunologist has some answers.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard that frequent testing should be a key component in controlling spread of COVID-19. The Biden Administration has announced plans to mail half a billion free COVID-19 tests to people who request them online, in addition to opening a number of new testing sites across the country. The administration has also been exploring a proposal to offer Americans free at-home tests with reimbursement from their private insurance companies.
During the pandemic, Gigi Gronvall, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and senior scholar at the Center for Health Security, has led that center’s efforts to track development and marketing of COVID-19 tests as well as national testing strategies.
Here, she offers a pulse check on the current state of COVID-19 testing in the US, what could improve the situation, and what’s next:
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