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Coronavirus Testing and Beyond

Resources to Guide Labs Through This and Future Outbreaks

Since the 2019 novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year, this pneumonia-like illness has spread at an alarming rate, prompting both the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the outbreak a public health emergency. AACC has gathered essential information and resources to help laboratories prepare for coronavirus testing—and to stay prepared for when new infectious diseases inevitably emerge in the future.



RACING TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DIAGNOSTICS

The sensitive and specific detection of this virus is an important part of the global healthcare response to this outbreak.

Read the Clinical Chemistry Editorial External Link





TWO NEW RAPID CORONAVIRUS TESTS COULD PLAY KEY ROLE IN EFFORTS TO CONTAIN GROWING EPIDEMIC

Research in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal shows that two new tests accurately diagnose coronavirus infection in about 1 hour. These tests could play a critical role in halting this deadly outbreak by enabling healthcare workers to isolate and treat patients much faster than is currently possible.

Read the Clinical Chemistry Study External Link





CLINICAL CHEMISTRY PODCAST: MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS OF A NOVEL CORONAVIRUS

Dr. Leo Poon of the University of Hong Kong gives expert insight into the 2019 novel coronavirus, and discusses the new molecular diagnostic assays his team has developed to detect and quantify this virus.


Read the Transcript





A colorful microscope image of the Zika virus.

PREDICTING THE NEXT OUTBREAK

With new tools at their disposal, researchers are learning about pathogens more quickly. But even better tools and more funding are needed, experts argue, while also cautioning that predicting the next pandemic is no exact science.

Read the CLN Article




An illustration of the 2019 novel coronavirus.

Image credit: CDC

U.S. PREPARING FOR MORE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS CASES

On February 4, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the 2019 novel coronavirus test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, enabling it to be distributed to public health labs across the country. This molecular test uses PCR to detect the virus's genetic sequence.

Read More at Lab Tests Online External Link





CLIMATE CHANGE IS SHIFTING THE COURSE OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES

As climate change and other factors such as globalization and urbanization drive the spread of infectious diseases, clinical laboratorians should expect to be on the front lines whenever a new infectious disease occurs in an unexpected place.

Read the CLN Article





Interactive Map of the Outbreak

Snapshot of coronavirus interactive map - click to visit

The HealthMap team at Boston Children’s Hospital has created a map of all the publicly reported coronavirus cases around the world. This map also automatically updates in real time to include new cases as they arise.

View Map External Link





ARE WE THERE YET? LABORATORY PREPAREDNESS FOR EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Experts in the field discuss the roles and responsibilities of labs in responding to highly infectious diseases, and the burden of ongoing readiness for rare events.

Read the Clinical Chemistry Q&A External Link