Coronavirus Conversations: Can advances in testing counter surging COVID-19 cases?

July 20, 2020

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A line of vehicles are shown next to a row of orange traffic cones leading to a National Guard official at a mobile coronavirus testing facility.

A member of the Florida National Guard directs vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus outbreak, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Floria. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

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The surge in coronavirus cases around the world, led by US states like Florida and Texas, serves as a reminder of the urgent need for more testing. But those who can get a test must sometimes wait days for the results. As part of our regular series discussing the pandemic and as a special podcast in The World's feed, reporter Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina from Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health on the latest advances in COVID-19 testing.

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