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Babies born during pandemic’s first year score slightly lower on a developmental screening test — ScienceDaily

Columbia researchers found that babies born during the pandemic’s first year scored lower on a developmental screening test of social and motor skills at 6 months — regardless of whether their mothers had COVID during pregnancy — compared to babies born just before the pandemic. The study, which included 255 babies born at a NewYork-Presbyterian’s […]

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False-negative COVID-19 test results may lead to false sense of security — ScienceDaily

As COVID-19 testing becomes more widely available, it’s vital that health care providers and public health officials understand its limits and the impact false results can have on efforts to curb the pandemic. A special article published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings calls attention to the risk posed by overreliance on COVID-19 testing to make clinical […]

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Wastewater test could provide early warning of COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

Researchers at Cranfield University are working on a new test to detect SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater of communities infected with the virus. The wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) approach could provide an effective and rapid way to predict the potential spread of novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) by picking up on biomarkers in faeces and urine from disease […]