Experts: Post-pandemic is not normal, yet optimism abounds
Health experts and economists are optimistic as things, at least here in Wisconsin, are trending in the right direction. But they say that depends on what we do.
WASHINGTON - U.S. health officials are warning health professionals about the risk of false positive results with a widely used laboratory test for COVID-19 and flu.
The Food and Drug Administration issued the alert to Friday for health facilities using Roche’s cobas test for coronavirus and seasonal flu. The agency warned that problems with the test’s processing tubes could result in false diagnoses in people who are not actually infected.
Roche’s testing system is widely used to screen large batches of patient samples in hospitals and laboratories.
The FDA recommends health workers test samples multiple times to help assure accuracy. If the test delivers conflicting results it may indicate a problem and use should be discontinued, the agency says.
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Across the United States, millions of medically vulnerable people who initially were cited as a top vaccination priority group got slowly bumped down the list as the CDC modified its guidelines to favor the elderly, regardless of their physical condition, and workers in a wide range of job sectors.
Saturday, March 13 marks one year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Milwaukee.
Thirteen consecutive MHD COVID-19 updates had reported declining positivity, which had reached as high as 19.1% in early November 2020.