Trump Is Squandering the Best Hope for Coronavirus Testing
Alexis C. Madrigal
Experts were already divided on the right way to deploy rapid tests. Then the White House barged ahead.
The Trump admin is starting to roll out 15min coronavirus tests nationwide. But its strategy has inflamed a debate about the right way to fight the pandemic, and worried even scientists who advocate for a rapid approach. New, from me and
“Testing is a belt-and-suspenders approach that adds incremental safety,” Baird said. “Belts and suspenders only work, though, when you are wearing pants.”
The White House illnesses have "opened to public view an already ferocious debate among experts about the best way to defeat the pandemic—a fight with consequences that will outlast Trump’s symptoms."
It just keeps going
Some experts have reservations about rapid antigen tests, and the White House's cavalier attitude towards these test have realized those fears,