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“Eight days after the 200 volunteers started building the new testing lab, the Biohub was up and running. Since March 20, it’s been able to process 2,500 tests a day, at no cost. Quest Diagnostics, one of the biggest diagnostic labs in the country, was saying that if you sent them a test, it would take them a week to get back to you with an answer, along with their bill. In just one day more than it took Quest to process a single test, DeRisi built an entire lab that could process 2,500 of them. A day. For free. Any given test it could process inside of three hours. DeRisi was pretty sure his lab was bigger than any lab in the country that was faster than his, and faster than any lab that was bigger.” There are a lot of stories about re-opening America. But they’re really all one story. That story is testing. Michael Lewis: The Covid Test Lab That Could Save America.

+ Did I mention I put together this handy guide for the media when it comes to the testing story?

+ And some positive treatment news: “Chicago hospital treating severe Covid-19 patients with Gilead Sciences’ antiviral medicine remdesivir in a closely watched clinical trial is seeing rapid recoveries in fever and respiratory symptoms, with nearly all patients discharged in less than a week.” (This the med I’ve been hearing about from docs I know. Not hydroxychloroquine…)

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