Prevention and Surveillance
The National Institutes of Health, the industry-backed coalition called COVID R&D Alliance, and other research groups aim to ensure an antiviral arsenal is prepared and ready for future outbreaks and possible pandemics.
IDbyDNA has pioneereed a metagenomic approach to viral strain identification, which combines very sensitive detection with next-gen sequencing to identify emerging and mutant viruses much sooner than either genomic or surveillance methods alone -- meant to future-proof laboratories for the next health care crisis.
The CDC, in collaboration with the NIH, has launched a community health initiative called “Say Yes! COVID Test”, where 160,000 residents will have access to free, rapid antigen tests (provided by the NIH) that they can administer themselves three times a week for one month. The initiative aims to determine if frequent self-administered COVID-19 testing helps residents reduce community transmission of SARS-CoV-2.