Testing Delays are Hurting the Effort to Contain COVID-19

July 22, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified July 23, 2020

According to this recent article in The Boston Globe, we are five months into the coronavirus pandemic and people across the country are often waiting up to a week or more to learn the results of their COVID-19 tests. This is seriously endangering efforts to contain and control future infections.

The delays are primarily caused by a backlog at some of the nation’s largest laboratories, which process many of the tests from Massachusetts community health centers and businesses. The labs are struggling to keep up with demand caused by surging coronavirus cases in Southern and Western states.

Plentiful and timely lab results are crucial to quickly contain clusters of COVID-19 and to prevent them from mushrooming into larger outbreaks, health experts said Monday. People who are awaiting test results may not always isolate themselves and unknowingly spread more infections.

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