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‘Implications of False-Negative COVID-19 Tests Evaluated’ – The Tribune

Read article – Quotes Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in a feature story about a study he led which found that more emphasis should be placed on addressing the inaccuracy of diagnostic tests for COVID-19. In the analysis, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Woloshin and his colleagues said that while progress has been made in expanding testing, there is still concern about the accuracy of the process. “Diagnostic tests, typically involving a nasopharyngeal swab, can be inaccurate in two ways,” said Woloshin.

June 5 Coronavirus News: As U.S. Reopens, COVID-19 Diagnostic Test Accuracy May Be Bigger Long-Term Concern, Experts Argue – CNN

Read article – Features a study co-authored by Steven Woloshin, professor of medicine, community and family medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in which he and his colleagues found that inaccurate diagnostic tests may undermine the country’s ability to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading.

Despite COVID Risks, Thousands Across New Hampshire Protest Killing of George Floyd – Monadnock Ledger-Transcript via Granite State News Collaborative

Read article – Quotes Alexandra Howell, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, in an article about balancing protests with social distancing practices. “Unfortunately, the whole nature of protesting is a group endeavor, so all of the requirements for social distancing are not typically followed,” said Howell. “I think that if they wore masks that would be preferable, but it’s difficult to understand speech when one is wearing a mask, so I think that the whole nature of demonstrations just puts people who demonstrate at greater risk of transmission and catching COVID.”

The Global Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine Could Lead to This Generation’s Sputnik Moment – The Washington Post

Read article – Quotes Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine, in an article about the global race for a coronavirus vaccine. “The danger of vaccine nationalism is that it undercuts efforts to end this pandemic in the shortest period of time,” said Hoyt. “Once we have a vaccine, we will want to prioritize individuals who are most likely to transmit the virus, regardless of nationality or ability to pay.”

Health Experts: Masks a Must as N.H. Reopens – Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Read article – Quotes Alexandra Howell, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology, in an article about how New Hampshire health experts are highly recommending wearing facial coverings and to avoid large crowds as the state reopens. In just one week, from May 11 to May 18, the number of COVID-19 cases in New Hampshire went from 1,796 to 2,211. “It’s difficult to attribute changes in the number of new cases to any one single factor, such as opening up businesses or schools,” Howell said. “There is not enough known about how transmittable the virus is, why some people are infected but asymptomatic, and the period following exposure when one is most infectious.” (Picked up by Manchester Ink.)