• Nina Schwalbe

Testing the quality of COVID-19 tests - a sign of hope?

Updated: May 7



Perhaps, at last, some hope that public health colleagues may be coming back to their senses. See this recent decision that the FDA will now require an assessment of the quality of tests being used in the US? Is this a sign that we may be getting back to basics on at least some of what know about public health - that before rolling out a test (or drug) there are professional standards with regard to demonstration reliability and being transparent about false positive and false negatives (sensitivity and specificity) before we roll out an intervention? Radical concept. Next topic to re-invent perhaps social determinants of health. Then we can re-invent what know about the importance of engaging communities in the response.


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