As COVID-19 Cases Rise All Over the Country, Testing is Key
COVID-19 cases are rising all over the United States. Last week, over 60,000 people were in hospitals with COVID-19. That is over 2,000 more people than were hospitalized with the virus on April 15th, which was the previous record.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said, “We are watching cases increase substantially in this country, far beyond what most people ever thought could happen. It will not surprise me if in the next weeks we see over 200,000 new cases a day."
On top of adhering to social distancing protocol and wearing masks, the best thing we can do to mitigate the outbreak—and save lives—is to get tested. Testing not only protects the people in your life and your community; it allows public health experts to get a better sense of where the COVID-19 hotspots are. This data is important because it informs local and state lawmakers’ decisions about what phase regions are in, and which businesses should remain closed.
When you catch COVID-19 quickly and accurately, you can isolate before unknowingly spreading it to friends and family. You can take measures to stick to one room, so that you’re not infecting other members of your household.
Tests like ours at Avalon Laboratory Solutions, which deliver accurate results in 24-48 hours, are key to slowing the spread. Our tests will detect COVID-19 before a person shows symptoms, ensuring that a person who tests positive and those who have been in close contact with them will not contribute to the rising cases.
Everyone’s availability is different, which is why there is no one-size-fits-all method for COVID-19 testing. At Avalon Lab Solutions, we can schedule you immediately to be tested in two different ways: through drive-in testing at our lab, or an at-home test. In both cases, you’ll receive results within 48 hours.
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