Why coronavirus testing strategies are changing as numbers spike

After months of effort to increase testing capabilities in Canada, some provinces have moved to restrict coronavirus testing as cases soar in many regions. Ontario and Alberta are no longer … Read More

Massive coronavirus test wait times not a sign of ‘good testing regime’: Ambrose

Lengthy wait times for those seeking coronavirus tests are not a sign of a “good testing regime” in the affected provinces, said former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. In an … Read More

Nearly 60% of coronavirus tests in Argentina return positive — the world’s highest rate

Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection, a reflection of … Read More

Doug Ford calls deal to buy rapid COVID-19 tests ‘a game changer’

Ontario Premier Doug Ford says a deal announced by the Canadian government to buy millions of rapid coronavirus tests is “a game changer” as the province looks to build testing … Read More

Canada signs deal to buy 7.9M rapid coronavirus tests, pending approval

Canada has signed a deal to buy up to 7.9 million rapid coronavirus tests, pending approval from health officials, Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand said on Tuesday. There … Read More

As coronavirus cases spike, feds still ‘reviewing’ rapid testing applications

As lineups at coronavirus testing sites surge at health clinics across Canada, so does the demand for more rapid results. There are around 12 point-of-care rapid tests awaiting review from … Read More

European airlines look at fast-acting coronavirus tests to restore faith in air travel

European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight COVID-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces … Read More

So long swabs: B.C. unveils new mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

British Columbia has rolled out a new “made in B.C.” COVID-19 test for kids that will no longer require an uncomfortable nasal swab. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced … Read More

As demand for coronavirus tests rises, Canada confident in supply: Tam

As Canada’s coronavirus numbers continue to rise, the country’s chief public health officer said she is confident testing capacity can withstand a second wave. Speaking to the media Tuesday, Dr. … Read More

Canada’s coronavirus testing capacity can handle surge in demand: Tam

As Canada’s coronavirus numbers continue to rise, the country’s chief public health officer said she is confident testing capacity can withstand a second wave. Speaking to the media Tuesday, Dr. … Read More

Health Canada now willing to consider at-home COVID-19 tests

TORONTO — Health Canada is willing to consider approving home COVID-19 tests to screen for the virus, a spokesman for the minister of health told Reuters, in a win for … Read More

Hong Kong launches China-led mass coronavirus testing program, prompting concerns

Hong Kong began a voluntary mass-testing program for coronavirus Tuesday as part of a strategy to break the chain of transmission in the city’s third outbreak of the disease. The … Read More

Health experts call CDC changes to coronavirus testing guidance ‘bizarre’

U.S. health officials have sparked a wave of confusion after posting guidelines that coronavirus testing is not necessary for people who have been in close contact with infected people. The … Read More

Israeli researchers studying test that can detect coronavirus in under a second

A newly developed saliva test aims to determine in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel coronavirus, Israel’s largest medical center said on Thursday. … Read More

NHL reports no positive coronavirus tests from active teams

The National Hockey League says there have been zero positive coronavirus test results since 24 teams entered quarantined bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto. The league announced it had administered more … Read More

Determining COVID-19’s lethality muddied by politics

COVID-19’s lethality was always going to be a question for epidemiologists. But six months after the deadly coronavirus first gained international attention, politics has muddied the answer. The two main … Read More

Experts warn against negative coronavirus test as free pass for group socializing

TORONTO — When Bonita Mak went to visit a friend in a country home outside of Toronto, she says she got a COVID-19 test beforehand to make sure she wasn’t … Read More

Why COVID-19 home testing kits aren’t available in Canada

U.S. health officials approved the first at-home coronavirus testing kit in April for front-line workers in an attempt to expand testing options in most states. The LabCorp home test first … Read More

Spreading coronavirus a ‘serious crime’ in Philippines, Duterte says as cases spike

The Philippines said on Tuesday it would ramp up testing for the novel coronavirus amid a sharp rise in infections and deaths since a lockdown was eased in June, while … Read More

Trump claims the U.S. has the world’s best coronavirus testing. Experts disagree

Here are some snapshots from what U.S. President Donald Trump describes as the nation with the “best testing in the world” for the coronavirus: In Sun Belt states where the … Read More

United Arab Emirates to test 2 million for coronavirus as cases climb again

The United Arab Emirates plans to test two million people, or about 20 per cent of the population, for the novel coronavirus over the next two months after the infection … Read More

Main coronavirus test produces ‘false negatives’ at least 20% of the time, study shows

The primary type of testing for the novel coronavirus around the world, including Canada, produces “false-negative” results at least 20 per cent of the time, researchers from Johns Hopkins University … Read More

U.S. coronavirus testing plan criticized by Democrats for putting burden on states

The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, … Read More

Should you tested for coronavirus if you don’t have symptoms?

Up until the last week, many provinces had mostly been testing patients with COVID-19 who had persistent symptoms, including a cough, fever and shortness of breath.  Now, some provinces and … Read More

Should you be tested for coronavirus if you don’t have symptoms?

Up until the last week, many provinces had mostly been testing patients with COVID-19 who had persistent symptoms, including a cough, fever and shortness of breath.  Now, some provinces and … Read More

Rare look inside Toronto COVID-19 lab reveals equipment shortages and delays

Lajomee knows better than most how the COVID-19 testing process operates. Over the past six weeks, she’s been tested a staggering five times for the new coronavirus and each result … Read More

Trudeau says Ottawa will help fund coronavirus contact tracing across Canada

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2020 8:30 am Updated May 22, 2020 11:09 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Trudeau expected to face questions on how feds can help provinces test, trace COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face pressure on Friday to detail how the federal government will help provinces massively scale up testing for coronavirus as the country slowly … Read More

Some U.S. states accused of misreporting coronavirus testing data to speed reopening

Public health officials in some states are accused of bungling coronavirus infection statistics or even using a little sleight of hand to deliberately make things look better than they are. The risk … Read More

Mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan prompts fears crowding could lead to infection

As Wuhan, the Chinese city where the COVID-19 pandemic began, revs up a massive testing campaign, some residents crowding the test centers expressed concern on Saturday that the very act … Read More

China seeks to make widespread coronavirus testing new normal, but gaps remain

Beijing resident Wang Yukun was happy to comply in April when the construction firm he works for told him he’d need to take a test for the novel coronavirus before … Read More

As Canada eases coronavirus restrictions, testing must increase: experts

Across the country, provinces have begun to slowly lift measures put in place to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. On Monday, some schools in Quebec opened their doors, … Read More

Less than 1% of Major League Baseball workers tested positive for coronavirus antibodies

Just 0.7 per cent of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Results were based about about 5,600 completed records … Read More

First at-home saliva test to detect coronavirus authorized by U.S. FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it has authorized the first diagnostic test for the new coronavirus that allows patients to collect saliva samples at-home. The decision … Read More

National coronavirus testing strategy wouldn’t work for Canada, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a federal coronavirus testing strategy won’t work in Canada. He was questioned on Thursday during a daily briefing with reporters about why the government isn’t … Read More

Temperature screening not always reliable to mitigate coronavirus risk, experts say

As Canada shifts towards returning to a new normal, temperature screening — an approach that uses a touchless scanner to measure a person’s body temperature — has been the subject … Read More

Rapid coronavirus test voluntarily recalled over Health Canada concerns

By Global News Posted May 3, 2020 12:33 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Ottawa’s Spartan Bioscience says it is voluntarily … Read More

Trump says U.S. looking at screening airline travellers from coronavirus hotspots

President Donald Trump said his administration is considering requiring travelers on certain incoming international flights to undergo temperature and virus checks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re … Read More

Canadian doctors’ anxiety amid coronavirus can be eased by more PPE, testing: poll

Increasing both personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing would help ease the mental health effects of the pandemic on physicians, a new poll suggests. The poll, released Tuesday by … Read More

Trump says coronavirus testing ‘not going to be a problem’ under new rules

The White House released new guidelines Monday aimed at answering criticism that America’s coronavirus testing has been too slow, and President Donald Trump tried to pivot toward a focus on … Read More

Coronavirus: U.S. approves 1st at-home test for health-care workers, first responders

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Tuesday OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing … Read More

Some American states plan to re-open economy despite coronavirus testing concerns

The reopenings came amid economic gloom, as futures plunged below zero on Monday and stocks and Treasury yields also dropped on Wall Street. The cost to have a barrel of U.S. crude delivered in May plummeted to negative US$37.63. It was at roughly US$60 at the start of the year.

Coronavirus: Developing a rapid COVID-19 test is in the works in Canada, globally

As novel coronavirus cases rise globally, along with deaths, developing a rapid test for COVID-19 is one of the key areas that researchers in Canada and around the world are … Read More

Third move for Saint John COVID-19 testing site causing confusion, says MLA

Saint John’s coronavirus testing centre has had a few homes since Horizon Health Network put it in place earlier this month. Residents in the Saint John area who wished to … Read More

Can a malaria drug combat coronavirus? Researchers want to find out

A team of researchers from the University of Manitoba are part of a collaborative effort by universities across three provinces to test a malaria drug’s efficiency in combating COVID-19. “Our … Read More

Coronavirus: Celebrities face backlash after getting tested while others face delays

Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn’t have a fever or other … Read More

Self-assessment for coronavirus? What it means and why it’s important

As Canada buckles down under a string of restrictions to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, doctors are asking Canadians to consider self-assessing for the illness as a first … Read More

Track, isolate, communicate: Here’s how coronavirus strategies vary worldwide

Singapore, a tiny city-state of less than 6 million people, had one of the earliest and biggest clusters of cases of the coronavirus in early February, before it began its … Read More

Kevin Durant among 4 Brooklyn Nets players who tested positive for coronavirus

Four Brooklyn Nets players, including Kevin Durant, have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the … Read More

Coronavirus testing centres need ‘to be smart’ due to supply limitations, Tam says

Canada’s top public health officer says supply limitations are forcing COVID-19 testing centres “to be smart” about who they can assess for the respiratory illness while Health Canada rushes to … Read More