Tag Archives: Testing

Dried blood spots have clear advantages over mini tubes when it comes to lab analysis of home collected samples for HIV and syphilis testing

Blood samples taken at home and sent by post to labs to screen for HIV and syphilis are more likely to be successfully processed when the collection technique used is dried blood spots rather than mini tubes, investigators from the UK report in Sexually Transmitted Infections. Close to 95% of dried blood spot samples were… Read More »

President Trump Taken to Hospital After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2020 — President Donald Trump was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center via the Marine One helicopter Friday evening, less than 24 hours after he announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump is struggling with a fever, a cough and nasal congestion, among other symptoms, two officials… Read More »

Flu Season Could Make Coronavirus Testing Delays Even Worse

Come fall, the rise of influenza and other seasonal respiratory infections could exacerbate already staggering delays in coronavirus testing, making it easier for the virus to spread unnoticed, experts said. In typical years, doctors often don’t test for flu, simply assuming that patients with coughs, fevers and fatigue during the winter months are probably carrying… Read More »