Effectiveness of masks for preventing coronavirus is up for debate
April 8, 2020 -- Contradictory messages over the best methods to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2 have been shared with the public in past months. This has prompted scientists to explore the effectiveness of certain measures such as wearing masks and the mechanisms behind transmission of the virus.  Discuss
USPSTF: Pregnant women may not need vaginosis screening
April 7, 2020 -- Pregnant women not at risk for preterm delivery don't need to be screened for bacterial vaginosis if they are not showing symptoms of the condition, according to a recommendation by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published April 7 in JAMA.  Discuss
OraSure wins BARDA contract for at-home coronavirus test
April 7, 2020 -- OraSure Technologies has received a $710,310 contract from the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop a pan-SARS-coronavirus antigen rapid in-home self-test using oral fluid samples.
Co-Diagnostics garners EUA for COVID-19 test
April 7, 2020 -- Co-Diagnostics has received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Logix Smart coronavirus COVID-19 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test for detecting SARS-CoV-2.
AI engine analyzes over 50,000 novel coronavirus papers
April 7, 2020 -- Clinical artificial intelligence (AI) software developer Mendel said it has developed an AI-based search engine that can analyze more than 50,000 novel coronavirus research papers and answer COVID-19-related questions.
Can the reality of coronavirus antibody tests live up to hype?
April 6, 2020 -- It's easy to see the appeal a rapid antibody test for the novel coronavirus would have in the imagination of the general public. Results come in a matter of minutes and promise to tell you if you have immunity to a potentially deadly disease. But are these tests ready for prime time?  Discuss
How can digital imaging help in the coronavirus crisis?
April 6, 2020 -- Could digital technologies like PACS and enterprise imaging help healthcare professionals manage viral outbreaks like COVID-19? Industry consultant Michael J. Cannavo offers some suggestions on building a national clearinghouse for COVID-19 patient data.  Discuss
AACC moves annual meeting to December
April 6, 2020 -- Due to concerns over the novel coronavirus, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) has decided to move its annual scientific meeting to December 13-17, from its original date in July.
CDC launches weekly COVID-19 report
April 6, 2020 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a weekly report that will track COVID-19 indicators and statistics.
Ortho rolls out antibody tests for SARS-CoV-2
April 6, 2020 -- Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is planning a gradual rollout of a coronavirus antibody test designed for its Vitros immunodiagnostic systems.