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United is testing Hawaii-bound passengers for COVID-19 to help them avoid quarantine — a move that could revive travel demand across the board

United Airlines will offer coronavirus tests at San Francisco International Airport to help passengers travel to Hawaii without having to quarantine. United said the testing program is a pilot, and suggested it could be expanded for other airports and destinations. Experts do not expect travel demand to fully recover until […]
United is testing Hawaii-bound passengers for COVID-19 to help them avoid quarantine — a move that could revive travel demand across the board
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CDC guidelines discouraging people from getting COVID-19 tests was published by Trump officials despite objections from scientists, report says

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention published a controversial guideline last month saying that people who were exposed to the novel coronavirus but didn’t show symptoms should not seek a test. According to The New York Times, the advice was written by Trump administration officials and published despite scientists’ […]
CDC guidelines discouraging people from getting COVID-19 tests was published by Trump officials despite objections from scientists, report says
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Apple’s pushing deeper into healthcare

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Today in healthcare news: What Apple’s new products tell us about its healthcare ambitions, Pfizer’s execs are feeling confident […]
Apple’s pushing deeper into healthcare
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3 Americans share their COVID-19 testing horror stories

More than six months into the coronavirus pandemic, some Americans are still complaining of lengthy delays in receiving COVID-19 test results. Three Americans – from North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Maryland – told Insider they or their loved ones recently experienced extreme delays in receiving accurate test results. Those delays are […]
3 Americans share their COVID-19 testing horror stories
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Coronavirus testing sites across the US are overwhelmed. Aerial photos of long drive-thru lines in Texas, California, and Virginia show what that looks like.

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the US, testing sites and laboratories are struggling to meet the demand. This is causing delays in testing and getting results. These aerial photos show what coronavirus testing lines have looked like throughout the pandemic, from spring to summer. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
Coronavirus testing sites across the US are overwhelmed. Aerial photos of long drive-thru lines in Texas, California, and Virginia show what that looks like.
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White House coronavirus testing czar warns the hardest-hit states may have to reverse reopening plans, says lockdowns ‘should be on the table’

The White House’s coronavirus testing czar said Sunday the nation’s hardest-hit states may have to reverse reopening plans and lockdown. “Everything should be on the table,” Adm. Brett Giroir said Sunday, when asked if certain areas of the country should consider more stringent lockdowns. States like Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, […]
White House coronavirus testing czar warns the hardest-hit states may have to reverse reopening plans, says lockdowns ‘should be on the table’
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Top Democrats say Trump administration has ‘failed to disburse’ nearly $14 billion in testing and contact tracing funds, which were approved by Congress back in April

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Patty Murray claimed the Trump administration has been sitting on nearly $US14 billion designated to fund coronavirus testing and contact tracing. Schumer and Murray penned a letter Sunday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, demanding action be taken in distributing the […]
Top Democrats say Trump administration has ‘failed to disburse’ nearly $14 billion in testing and contact tracing funds, which were approved by Congress back in April
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Those little airport spa shops have a new service on their menus: COVID-19 tests

Airport mini-spa company XpresSpa will launch a pilot program offering COVID-19 testing at JFK Airport in New York. The company said it’s working with other airports to convert spa locations into testing centres. Companies are scrambling to develop health screening solutions for airports, stadiums, and businesses as lockdowns are lifted […]
Those little airport spa shops have a new service on their menus: COVID-19 tests
Lifestyle

‘Concierge doctors’ who charge $10,000 a month for house calls and easy access to coronavirus tests have been cast as the villains of the pandemic. We talked to 6 of them to hear what they think the real problem is.

Ultrawealthy and sometimes asymptomatic Americans are using concierge doctors to access COVID-19 tests amid a nationwide shortage. The doctors, whose monthly fees can range up to $US10,000 a month and don’t accept insurance, can offer coronavirus antibody test results in as little as two hours; results for the general public […]
‘Concierge doctors’ who charge $10,000 a month for house calls and easy access to coronavirus tests have been cast as the villains of the pandemic. We talked to 6 of them to hear what they think the real problem is.
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A doctor explains why some people faint when they get a coronavirus test

While most people find the coronavirus test uncomfortable, in rare cases, it may make people faint. An ear, nose, and throat specialist told Business Insider the reaction is related to a “primitive” response intended to protect you from running out of energy and oxygen when diving into icy water. Because […]
A doctor explains why some people faint when they get a coronavirus test
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As lawmakers battle over who is responsible for testing, Harvard researchers say the US needs to test 20 million people a day to ‘fully remobilize the economy’

The US needs to be able to conduct at least 20 million tests a day in order to fully reopen the economy by late July, according to a report from Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Centre for Ethics. Forty-five cross-disciplinary experts compiled the report, titled “Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience.” The […]
As lawmakers battle over who is responsible for testing, Harvard researchers say the US needs to test 20 million people a day to ‘fully remobilize the economy’
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Sean Penn’s nonprofit is providing drive-through coronavirus testing in Los Angeles — he and cofounder Ann Lee are creating a guide to replicate their efforts in other cities

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php Nonprofit organisation CORE is working with the government of Los Angeles to provide free drive-through coronavirus testing and hopes to create a model that can be replicated throughout the country. The organisation is managing five testing sites in California and has administered 20,000 tests since the initiative began March […]
Sean Penn’s nonprofit is providing drive-through coronavirus testing in Los Angeles — he and cofounder Ann Lee are creating a guide to replicate their efforts in other cities
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A Wyoming health care worker went to 2 house parties while awaiting coronavirus test results. The worker tested positive, and now officials are scrambling to track down all the partygoers.

A Wyoming health care worker attended two parties while awaiting coronavirus test results, officials said. The worker was tested last Friday, then went to a party that night and a second one the next night, then received a positive COVID-19 test result on Monday, Casper Mayor Steve Freel told reporters. […]
A Wyoming health care worker went to 2 house parties while awaiting coronavirus test results. The worker tested positive, and now officials are scrambling to track down all the partygoers.
Lifestyle

While the US waits for widespread antibody tests to roll out, ultrawealthy enclaves are already arranging community-level testing for residents

Healthcare companies are working to roll out widespread coronavirus antibody tests to Americans. But some of America’s richest already have access to them. From Miami’s Fisher Island to Colorado’s ski town of Telluride, wealthy enclaves are obtaining antibody tests for those who live and work there. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
While the US waits for widespread antibody tests to roll out, ultrawealthy enclaves are already arranging community-level testing for residents
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A New York Times reporter followed coronavirus swabs from a New Jersey drive-thru testing site to a lab hundreds of miles away, and it shows why the testing in the US is still slow and limited

Although the US has ramped up its coronavirus testing capacity in recent weeks, the country still lags behind others in testing per capita. According to figures from the COVID Tracking Project, the US has tested just over 2.9 million people as of April 13, or just about one in every […]
A New York Times reporter followed coronavirus swabs from a New Jersey drive-thru testing site to a lab hundreds of miles away, and it shows why the testing in the US is still slow and limited
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CVS is expanding free drive-thru coronavirus testing to 2 more states

CVS announced on Monday that it’s launching drive-through coronavirus testing in Rhode Island and Georgia. The company already co-operates a testing site in Massachusetts. The tests will offer nearly instantaneous results from a new test approved in March by the FDA for emergency use. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more […]
CVS is expanding free drive-thru coronavirus testing to 2 more states
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Medical experts are reportedly worried that close to 33% of people who should test positive for the coronavirus are not and don’t realise they’re infected

Different coronavirus tests can have different rates of false negatives, experts told The Wall Street Journal. If a patient tests negative but later develops more symptoms, they could be unknowingly spreading the virus. The FDA has approved 20 testing providers so far as officials race to accelerate testing across the […]
Medical experts are reportedly worried that close to 33% of people who should test positive for the coronavirus are not and don’t realise they’re infected
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Abbott surges 11% after FDA approval of 5-minute coronavirus test

Abbott Laboratories announced Friday that the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use of its ID NOW COVID-19 test. Shares surged as much as 11% in premarket trading Monday. The test gives positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes. Watch Abbott trade […]
Abbott surges 11% after FDA approval of 5-minute coronavirus test
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More than a dozen researchers predicted how the US’s coronavirus outbreak will end. They estimated nearly 200,000 people could die by the end of the year.

In a new report from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 18 infectious-disease-modelling researchers predicted how the US coronavirus outbreak could evolve in the coming months. The researchers estimated that about 195,000 people could die by the end of the year. But a model from the Imperial College of London estimated […]
More than a dozen researchers predicted how the US’s coronavirus outbreak will end. They estimated nearly 200,000 people could die by the end of the year.
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New York state now has nearly 6% of the coronavirus cases in the world

The state of New York now represents nearly 6% of coronavirus cases worldwide, according to the latest numbers from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said during a press conference on Monday that New York had 20,875 positive COVID-19 cases, including 12,305 in New York City. The increase has come in part […]
New York state now has nearly 6% of the coronavirus cases in the world
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Bill Gates says US lockdowns should have come sooner to slow the coronavirus’ spread, and that social distancing ‘can get the cases down to low levels’

Bill Gates participated in a Reddit AMA about the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday, fielding questions about testing in the US and a new report from Imperial College London. Gates has warned for years that infectious diseases are a major international threat. He said social distancing is necessary, but said a […]
Bill Gates says US lockdowns should have come sooner to slow the coronavirus’ spread, and that social distancing ‘can get the cases down to low levels’
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2 regions of Italy took different approaches to fighting the coronavirus. Their results show that widespread testing and early social distancing really work.

Italy has become a new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 41,000 confirmed cases and 3,400 deaths. Two northern regions, Lombardy and Veneto, reported the country’s first cases on February 21. Their responses, however, differed: Veneto issued multiple rounds of testing for residents, even those without symptoms, and […]
2 regions of Italy took different approaches to fighting the coronavirus. Their results show that widespread testing and early social distancing really work.
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7 US states are setting up drive-through coronavirus testing stations. Trump said Americans can expect to see more soon.

Cities in Washington, Colorado, New York, Texas, and Connecticut have opened drive-through stations to test more people for coronavirus. President Trump said Friday that the administration was looking to open up more of these stations. Drive-through testing stations can help protect healthcare workers from direct exposure to coronavirus and get […]
7 US states are setting up drive-through coronavirus testing stations. Trump said Americans can expect to see more soon.
Lifestyle

Celebrities are getting coronavirus tests faster than everyone else

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were the first Hollywood celebrities to get coronavirus, along with two basketball players on the Utah Jazz basketball team. Hanks and Wilson, who had been in Australia since January, were tested quickly, in part due to their celebrity status and in part due […]
Celebrities are getting coronavirus tests faster than everyone else
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s charity wants to ‘quadruple’ the Bay Area’s COVID-19 testing capacity in under a week by buying diagnostic machines

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has formed a “COVID-19 task force” that wants to quadruple the Bay Area’s testing capacity, the organisation announced Tuesday. The philanthropic group, funded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, plans to buy additional diagnostic machines, which it said will be in place starting March 16. The […]
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s charity wants to ‘quadruple’ the Bay Area’s COVID-19 testing capacity in under a week by buying diagnostic machines