Has Test Pooling Lost Its Usefulness?

Pooling test samples is a common way to improve laboratory productivity and reduce the consumption of reagents and other supplies. Unfortunately, early hopes that test pooling could help labs during the COVID-19 pandemic quickly waned. Skyrocketing positivity […]

Antibody Testing: The Next Phase?

Antibody testing will become more important as vaccines start to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. New serology tests with high specificity for SARS-CoV-2 not only confirm past infections or immunizations but also quantitatively measure […]

SARS-CoV-2 Variants: The New Challenge for Laboratories

Three new variants in the constantly-evolving SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have become a cause for concern among health officials worldwide. Although probably not more lethal than existing strains, higher transmissibility rates have stressed public […]

What Vaccines Mean for COVID-19 Testing Labs

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out in the United States and around the world, but now is not the time for complacency. One, two or even dozens of vaccines won’t immediately turn the tide of this pandemic. Inoculating enough of the population to make a difference […]

How Wastewater Labs Can Help Defeat the Pandemic

As we look toward the long-term management of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), and indeed the anticipated emergence of other novel viruses, the role of wastewater testing is taking on new significance. In fact, it may turn out to play an even greater part than […]

How Labs Can Get Involved in COVID Screening Programs

Organizations, Businesses, Schools and Colleges Everywhere Need Testing Programs Data-driven decision making has put laboratories squarely in the center of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Unfortunately, even CLIA-certified clinical diagnostic labs can’t contribute […]

The COVID Testing Catch-22

The Key to Managing the Pandemic, and Why We‘ll Never Do It Perfectly Everybody agrees the only way to manage the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is to know how bad it is by conducting tests, and lots of them, right? Well of course. How else? But there’s a problem. And there doesn’t seem to be a good solution. First, Some Background There …

Starting a COVID Testing Lab: Is Now a Good Time?

The answer to that question is easy, YES! Never mind the ongoing daily battles to limit the initial outbreak since March, it is becoming clear, as we transition into Winter of 2020 and the prospect of year two of the pandemic, that what was once acute has now become chronic. And SARS-CoV-2 may be with us for quite some time, …