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  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged Thursday that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests. First reported by NPR's WLRN station in Miaimi, the practice has drawn ire from U.S. health experts who  say combining the tests inhibits the agency's ability to discern the country's actual testing capacity. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told The Atlantic. “How could the CDC make that mistake? This is a mess.”Viral tests — commonly referred to as PCR tests as most of them use a process known as polymerase chain reaction — are used by health professionals to determine whether or not a person is currently infected with the disease. During the pandemic, viral tests have been the most effective way of being able to diagnose a positive case of COVID-19. They are what state governments have been counting to track the number of confirmed cases of the virus they have.Antibody, or serology, tests serve a different purpose. Unlike viral tests that are taken by nose swab or saliva sample, antibody tests examine a person's blood to see if their immune system has created antibodies to combat COVID-19. These tests allow doctors to see if someone has previously been exposed to the virus. As the push for widespread testing in the U.S. has strengthened, antibody tests have been widely produced, many experts have balked at saying that antibodies equate to immunity from COVID-19. Serology tests are also less accurate than PCR tests, increasing the chances for a false negative.    Continue Reading
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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) - As doctors and nurses continue to be on the frontlines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, KFOR has received emails from several viewers accusing hospitals of refusing to let healthcare workers wear masks while dealing with patients.  

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NAA Connecticut is our newest organization.  The organization kicked off their first committee meeting on June 29th led by Sharon Gauthier.  Committee members discussed the history and mission of NAA then moved into discussions about the need to become active and visible at the State Board of Nursing meetings.  The members were encouraged to attend the board meetings as a mechanism of understanding what is happening to nurses and their rights to due process.  Networking is cornerstone to the work of the organization, nurses must encourage other nurses to join NAA and to work collaboratively to correct problems in the profession.  In addition, making contact with other key stakeholders who can join forces with NAA is critical to effect change that is needed.  NAA is very excited to have our new organization and look forward to working together as a team.  We encourage nurses in other states to join NAA and to start an organization in their state.  Please contact Janet Henriksen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.today to learn how to become an active member.

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