Labs get go-ahead for coronavirus tests | The nature of coronavirus | New Case Study

Dear LabPulse Member,

Like you, LabPulse.com has been focused on news about the coronavirus. We are based in San Francisco, and California is at the epicenter of the U.S. health epidemic. I was just in Sausalito, a picturesque town that's normally bustling with tourists, but on Sunday it was like a ghost town, as people avoid public places due to fears of the virus.

I was out with my elderly father, and he felt sad for the business owners. I was worried for him, but he had already stockpiled everything he needed and was not overly concerned about the coronavirus. So if things get bad, I will head to my dad's -- he's going to protect me, not vice versa, it seems.

One piece of great news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued guidance the other day allowing clinical labs to develop and use their own diagnostic tests for the coronavirus, as Editorial Director Brian Casey reported.

We've also published a wealth of other stories about the outbreak and the role of lab medicine in fighting it:

Check out additional coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in our Microbiology Community, where we are posting the latest news on a daily basis.

In other developments, we're pleased to launch the second case in our series of interactive pathology case studies. The current case concerns a 16-year-old girl who presented with soreness and a lump in her throat. How would you work up the case?

Do you have an interesting case you'd like to share with the LabPulse community? Please feel free to contact me using the link below.

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