Whether pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic, people not showing symptoms can spread the virus, which is why wearing masks and keeping distance are important to limiting transmission.
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.
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.
Unlike bacteria and fungi, viruses exist in a gray area between “living” and “non-living” because of the way they are structured and how they reproduce. As we face down the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to understand not only how viruses work, but how our immune system responds.