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Stanford creates new coronavirus test that produces fast results

Original post made on Mar 6, 2020

Stanford Health Care has invented a new test for the COVID-19 disease and is using it to verify suspected cases of the illness at its hospitals. The news come as the university disclosed it is treating a "few" patients for the disease.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 6, 2020, 10:06 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

Will our health insurance plans cover this test or will they demand thousands of dollars per person?


Posted by Another resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 6, 2020 at 11:07 am

Why not ASK your (particular) "health insurance plan," rather than throwing the question out to a forum of random readers?


Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 6, 2020 at 1:40 pm

What certification did this test achieve

I am just being cautious


Posted by BDBD
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

It's been FDA approved. What other certifications are there?


Posted by Old Mtn View
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 6, 2020 at 3:03 pm

This is an interesting news story but don’t get your medical advice from the comment section of the Voice.


Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 6, 2020 at 6:38 pm

I have had some experience in this area.

My father was a Doctor of Chemistry an expert in chemical analysis equipment design and operation and was a researcher with the Harvard School of Public Health and I was working as his assistant as a teenager in the labs. I never really understood how scared I should have been given the samples I was working with back then. After I read And The Band Played On, I really had a serious anxiety problem for a while.

There are times where the FDA will cut corners where there is a shortage of tools to use in a public health crisis.

To me for the FDA to provide such an approval in such a short time, they must have relied on the results at Stanford because there was no other testing done.

At the same time, what sampling was done to satisfy the statistical significance necessary to apply such a test perhaps nationwide.

If you look at this website Web Link

and you use 95% confidence and a .05 confidence interval

And a population of 330,000,000

A test sample size has to be 3,797,394

Did these people have this many tests to run? And where did the get the samples for testing/ How long would it take to test this many samples?

What is going on here is the FDA is going to use anything it can even if the proper standards are not followed. This was how AZT was approved for AIDS, but it was a VERY poor drug. In fact retrospective research indicated it was not a good drug, but it was the only one available, becasue it was already made by drug makers. THe report can be read here (Web Link) titled "The rise and fall of AZT: It was the drug that had to work. It brought hope to people with HIV and Aids, and millions for the company that developed it. It had to work. There was nothing else. But for many who used AZT - it didn't"

So please understand that the FDA is under GREAT pressure to get ANYTHING out there for President Trump. What I am nervous about is what happens if these people test negative but spread the disease? Does this test actually prevent spreading the disease?

Good questions?


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