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The U.S. Can Fix Its COVID Testing Failures

We need more rapid results tests, and we need them now.

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Episode Notes

Getting tested for the coronavirus has never been as easy as it should be in the U.S. We’ve seen equipment shortages, long delays for test results, and even mixed messages about who should be getting tested.

But there is a way to fix America’s inadequate testing. And experts say it could return some normalcy even before we have a reliable vaccine.

Guest: Robinson Meyer, a staff writer at the Atlantic. Read his latest story, “The Plan That Could Give Us Our Lives Back.”

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz, with help from Daniel Avis.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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