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Centering on Coronavirus: Diagnostic and Antibody Testing

By Julia Baumel — April 27, 2020

In this issue brief, published April 27, 2020, The New Center explores how the United States got behind the testing curve and how we might still be able to correct our course and move toward a safe reopening of our economy.

Facts At-A-Glance

  • 500,000 daily tests are needed to achieve a complete reopening of our economy.

  • Sensitivity is a testing metric that describes the rate of detecting the presence of antibodies in individuals who have had the disease.

  • The prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies among the tested population also affects the validity of test results.

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