Research & Development
As COVID-19 crisis continues, other infectious diseases threaten
As of March 16, the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported more than 137,000 confirmed cases and over 6,600 deaths worldwide from COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The diagnostics industry is rising to the challenge presented by the coronavirus pandemic, with test developers creating new assays to detect SARS-CoV-2 infection as lab operators ramp up throughput to meet skyrocketing demand.
March 17, 2020
Laboratories, IVD vendors get to work on novel coronavirus
The first known cases emerged in December 2019 and were traced to an animal market in Wuhan, China, from patients who are believed to have come in contact with live animals that were infected. Wuhan is a large hub city with a population of 11 million, located 500 miles from Shanghai. At the time of writing, 81 people had died from the virus and 2,700 were infected, with reports changing rapidly. The spread of the disease to other nations including the U.S. is a top story in the news media and, of course, a concern to laboratorians.
January 27, 2020
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