COVID-19 in the United States: Where are the tests? - The Emergency Medical Minute

COVID-19 in the United States: Where are the tests?

Host: Elizabeth Esty, MD

A dive into how the United States responded to an emerging pandemic and the pitfalls along the way that led to stalled testing capacity across the country before community transmission was confirmed. Hear what led us to our current situation, what continues to be an issue and new technologies on the horizon as well as how the rest of the world has responded.

Research By: Mason Tuttle

Sound Editing By: Stephen Bahmani

 

References:

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