My Featured Blogger this week is Ellen Hawley of Notes from the U.K. A New York-born transplant to picturesque Cornwall, England, Ellen is the author of three popular seriocomic novels. The same mix of facts and whimsy shows up in her generally informative and always delightful blog posts.
So, Bob’s your uncle, give her a read!
At the risk of injecting a dangerous note of optimism into these updates, a new blood test looks promising. It might–emphasis on might–be able to pick up traces of Covid-19 a day after a person’s been infected. That would be several days before symptoms show up and most importantly (there may be a small question mark involved here) before a person’s contagious.
That’s four days sooner than any existing test can pick up the beast.
It’s been developed by Darpa–the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency–by the folks who usually work on diagnosing germ and chemical warfare poisoning. The test’s been rushed to the Food and Drug Administration for fast-track approval. If it is approved, it’s expected to be available in the U.S. in the second half of May.
Possibly. The fine print is that approval isn’t guaranteed. And they won’t know how early it can pick up…
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