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Why Testing Still Matters

Here are four reasons that testing still matters, and how officials see the next months, and years, playing out.

Diagnosing people who are sick

Case numbers remain high, and clinicians still need to identify individuals who have contracted the virus so that these people can receive proper treatment and care. The gold standard for diagnosing Covid-19 is the polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., test, which can identify even small traces of genetic material from the coronavirus.

This kind of testing will be needed as long as there are Covid-19 cases, but as the disease becomes less common, diagnostic testing is likely to become less centralized.


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