Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

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Coronavirus tests wrong: What are false negatives? Why do inaccurate tests happen?

American patients who have gone through hell and high water to get a coronavirus test may be alarmed to learn about false negatives – what happens when a patient who actually has the virus gets a negative result on a laboratory test. The rate of accuracy for nasal swab tests, the mechanism overwhelmingly used to […]

Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

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Coronavirus may add billions to the nation’s health care bill: The New York Times

“With so much still uncertain about how widespread hospitalizations for coronavirus patients will be around the United States, a new analysis says premiums could increase as much as 40 percent next year if the pandemic results in millions of Americans needing hospital stays,” Reed Abelson writes in The New York Times. “Health plans went into […]

Some doctors stockpile trial coronavirus drugs for themselves, states say: The New York Times

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Some doctors stockpile trial coronavirus drugs for themselves, states say: The New York Times

“Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country,” Ellen Gabler writes for The New York Times. “The stockpiling has become so worrisome in Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Texas that the boards in those […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tests: Should I get one? How to know? Where to go?

Coronavirus  (COVID-19) tests: Should I get one? How to know? Where to go?

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re trying to update as warranted.) As the coronavirus spreads, many Americans with symptoms wonder if they should get tested, and where. (We discuss how much it can cost to do so here.) Do you have something we need to know about this? […]

Coronavirus (COVID-9) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

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Coronavirus (COVID-9) test cost: Do you have to pay? And how do you get the test? The picture unfolds.

By TINA KELLEY and PHOEBE PINDER (Note: Coronavirus news is changing quickly. We’re updating as warranted.) Coronavirus (COVID 19) testing is making headlines nationwide. Amid a flood of reports of people being charged high prices for testing, or for related costs, some states have worked to make these tests free for anyone who requires them […]

Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

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Coronavirus test for Miami man leads to $3,275 bill: The Miami Herald

“After returning to Miami last month from a work trip in China, Osmel Martinez Azcue found himself in a frightening position: he was developing flu-like symptoms, just as coronavirus was ravaging the country he had visited,” Ben Conarck writes for The Miami Herald. “Under normal circumstances, Azcue said he would have gone to CVS for […]