The state of COVID-19 testing

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In these unprecedented times, we know that controlling the spread of novel coronavirus requires social distancing and testing. While all of us are doing our parts to stay at home, there’s a lot of confusion, chaos and frustration surrounding coronavirus testing in the US. 

Before going further, I want to be clear that I am not a medical doctor or researcher. I’ve been working closely with our portfolio company Scanwell Health who made a very important announcement last Friday about their work on at-home coronavirus testing. As such, I have received countless questions on COVID-19 diagnostics and thought it would be helpful to provide a high-level overview on the latest testing technology. 

 

What type of tests are there? 

There are two types of tests. 

RT-PCR-based method

This approach looks for the RNA of the virus using a technique called RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction). It’s a very sensitive test and is the standard method used by healthcare professionals and hospitals in the US today. 

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