COVID-19: How Important is Point-of-Care Testing?
One of the key weapons in the fight against any pandemic is effective testing. Knowing who is or has been infected by COVID-19 is vital information that allows us to track the spread of the virus and adjust public healthcare measures accordingly. With the recent release of the first point-of-care test products into the market, healthcare providers, including dental practitioners, are wondering when these tests will be available and at what cost.
Dr. Aaron Burry, Public Dental Health Specialist and Associate Director Professional Affairs CDA, explains to Chiraz Guessaier of CDA why there is such an interest in point-of-care testing and how it differs from laboratory testing.
He talks about the costs and what the Canadian provinces are currently doing about the provision of point of care testing.
Will point of care testing be available in Canada any time soon? And is there a place for it in the dental office?
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Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager