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Why at-home coronavirus test kits aren't in the hands of consumers

The path to commercialization has been a bumpy one.

March 28, 2020, 6:10 AM

"As government and health care officials plead for expanded access to high-speed COVID-19 tests, health care companies across the country began mobilizing their resources to meet the growing demands with direct-to-consumer kits.

The benefits of such kits could be substantial, allowing everyday people to test themselves for COVID-19 in the privacy of their homes instead of visiting a hospital, potentially exposing health care workers and other healthy individuals. If the test came back negative, it could allow them to go back to work without fear of infecting others.

But the path to commercialization has been a bumpy one. On March 16, the Food and Drug Administration issued new, loosened guidelines meant to help accelerate the availability of different types of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Under the new policy, laboratories approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) were allowed to manufacture and distribute a validated COVID-19 test for 15 days before submitting official Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA."

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https://abcnews.go.com/Health/home-coronavirus-test-kits-hands-consumers/story?id=69850023&cid=clicksource_4380645_4_heads_hero_live_hero_hed

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Now ANOTHER Tory minister has 'coronavirus': Scottish Secretary Alister Jack self-isolates at home after developing 'mild temperature and cough'

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

12:28 GMT 28 Mar 2020 , updated 12:28 GMT 28 Mar 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8162953/Another-minister-self-isolates-coronavirus-symptoms.html

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Veteran Boston political strategist Larry Rasky posthumously tests positive for COVID-19

Updated: 10:34 AM EDT Mar 27, 2020

BOSTON —

Well-known Massachusetts political strategist Larry Rasky, who died Sunday morning, posthumously tested positive for COVID-19, his family said.

The 69-year-old was CEO of Rasky Partners, a major communications firm in Boston and Washington, DC.

"On Thursday night, we learned that my dad, Larry Rasky, tested positive for COVID-19," Will Rasky wrote in a statement. "My dad had other underlying health conditions that medical professionals urge us to keep in mind. Our family, Larry’s colleagues, and others had already taken precautions in advance of learning the result, and we continue to follow all public health guidance. Not being able to gather with family and friends has made mourning Larry’s death all the more difficult, so the impact of the pandemic was already felt. That said, Larry’s spirit and legacy have kept us all tied together."

Rasky was a longtime advisor to Vice President Joe Biden and served as press secretary of the Delaware Democrat's 1988 presidential campaign. He was the communication director for Biden's 2008 campaign.

Last fall, Rasky helped to launch the Unite the Country super PAC to support Biden's most recent 2020 campaign and served as its treasurer.

Rasky also led communications and press teams for several political figures, including Ed Markey,

John Kerry

and President Jimmy Carter during his re-election campaign.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/veteran-boston-political-strategist-larry-rasky-posthumously-tests-positive-for-covid-19/31953460

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https://people.com/travel/delta-offers-free-flights-medical-professionals-coronavirus/

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Escape from NY

Its not just a Movie

Rhode Island hunting down New Yorkers seeking coronavirus refuge

Published 4 hours ago

"Any New Yorkers in there?

Rhode Island plans to send the National Guard out to knock door-to-door in an attempt to hunt down anyone who has arrived in the tiny state from New York City during the coronavirus pandemic. State police, meanwhile, have begun pulling over cars with New York state plates.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said anyone traveling there from New York will be ordered to undergo a 14-day quarantine and could face fines or even jail time if they’re found to not comply.

“Right now we have a pinpointed risk,” Raimondo said at a news conference Friday. “That risk is called New York City.”"

https://www.foxnews.com/us/rhode-island-hunting-down-new-yorkers-seeking-coronavirus-refuge

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CV killing someone every 17 minutes in NYC

https://nypost.com/

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Turkey limits transport, opposition calls for 'stay-at-home' order over virus

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey halted inter-city trains and limited domestic flights on Saturday, as the main opposition called for a stay-at-home order after coronavirus cases jumped by a third in a day.

President Tayyip Erdogan called on Friday for a “voluntary quarantine” in which Turks stay at home except for shopping or basic needs to help contain the fast-growing outbreak.

But after the number of infections jumped to 5,698, with 92 dead, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) called for a comprehensive stay-at-home order to be imposed.

“At this stage, it is evident that we need a comprehensive, wide and effective stay-at-home and quarantine,” CHP Chairman Kemal Kilicdaroglu said in a statement on Saturday.

“It is not possible to solve this issue with campaigns like ‘Stay Home Turkey’ and by leaving it to the will and initiative of our citizens while not providing any wage or job security and abandoning them to fate,” he said.

Erdogan announced further measures to contain the spread of the virus, halting international flights, inter-city trains and making other domestic travel subject to a governor’s approval.

More https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-turkey/turkey-limits-transport-opposition-calls-for-stay-at-home-order-over-virus-idUSKBN21F09C