COVID-19 Trending Stories for Tuesday, April 21, 2020
LabCorp received the green light from the FDA to begin using its Pixel COVID-19 test as a self-service test people can do at their homes. But the kits are not yet available for wide use, according to the LabCorp website. As with other tests cleared based on emergency use regulations, the FDA did not fully evaluate the test's specificity or accuracy.
Nurses - mostly through nursing unions - are ramping up their campaign for better safety precautions. In lawsuits filed against hospitals in New York and other states and a protest outside the White House, nurses sought both recognition for healthcare professionals who have died from COVID-19 and adherence to the safety standards that were relaxed by regulators due to the shortage of N95 masks and other protective equipment. Though exact numbers are uncertain, hundreds of physicians, nurses and other frontline healthcare professionals have died during the pandemic. As some hospitals prepare to re-start postponed surgeries, watch this issue get bigger.