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Survey: Many Americans still experience lengthy wait times for coronavirus test results

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Elissa Rodrigues
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The New York Times (8/4, Mervosh, Fernandez) reports that despite an increase in U.S. coronavirus testing, “many Americans are still having to wait many days for results, effectively rendering those tests useless.” Most people “do not receive results within the 24 to 48 hours recommended by public health experts to effectively stall the virus’s spread and quickly conduct contact tracing, according to a new national survey by researchers from Harvard University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University and Rutgers University.” The Times adds, “The survey – representing 19,000 people from 50 states and Washington, D.C., who responded to an online questionnaire last month – found lengthy wait times among those who had been tested for the virus, about 18% of all respondents.”

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