Companies and organizations that provide diagnostics serve an important role and must overcome many challenges inherent to developing diagnostic solutions. These areas include research and development, the regulatory environment, production and manufacturing, commercialization, and insurance and reimbursement.
The ability to combat the SARS-CoV-2 virus through accelerated advancements in diagnostics, treatment and vaccine development relies on understanding how the virus is transmitted between people and accurately tracking mutations. Whole genome sequencing and subsequent analysis can provide a wealth of data and contribute important insights to this effort.
Disruptions to routine medical care have posed significant challenges for doctors and patients dealing with chronic health conditions. Now, experts are also worried that we might experience a resurgence in preventable illnesses among children because the pandemic has interrupted normal vaccine schedules.
When pathogens get past those preliminary defenses, your body mounts an immune response. Your innate immune system responds first and employs several types of cells and molecules to fight off pathogens, each with their own jobs.