- Eye Opening
The COVID-19 pandemic is not going to go away on its own. The only way to stem it is to test a lot of people, often, so people know who has the virus and should self-isolate. PCR tests take a long time, and detect tiny amounts of viral genetic material for months after an infected person can still transmit the virus. As Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer report in The Atlantic, Antigen tests are better suited to quickly determine who is contagious. They can contribute to keeping society as a whole healthy and safe.
About the Authors
Robinson Meyer is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where he covers climate change and technology. Alexis C. Madrigal is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.
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