We Have a Coronavirus Test—Let Us Use It

Our research team used Food and Drug Administration guidelines and a scientific report from Wuhan, China, to develop a Covid-19 test in early March. It took one week. Our test doesn’t use the reagents other labs are desperately seeking, and it can identify levels of virus so low that a typical test could miss them entirely. Yet our lab sits idle.

Across the U.S., tens of thousands of similar academic research labs have the expertise and equipment to help the country test for Covid-19. If even one-tenth of these labs joined…

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