The Test’s the Thing

Medical personnel wear protective gear while working at a drive-through coronavirus testing site in Greenwich, Conn., March 27, 2020. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Universally available testing is key to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he White House is now balancing the risk to public health and the risk to economic welfare posed by the coronavirus crisis. Yet a solution could be on the horizon. The key is to make cheap, rapid testing available to every individual, regardless of symptoms.

Up to now, the White House has called for health-care providers to focus limited testing resources on those people most likely to be infected, so that COVID-19 cases can be isolated and treated appropriately. But constraining testing in this way comes at a cost: We have no idea how many people are actually infected and how

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