The Importance of Toxin Testing in C difficile Infection: Understanding the Results

Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) is often confirmed through toxin testing, yet toxin tests alone may not be sufficient for diagnosing and guiding treatment decisions for patients with CDI. Dr David Lyerly “The presence of a toxigenic strain does not always equal disease,” said David Lyerly, PhD, during a session on C difficile toxin […]

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Testing and Treating Can Help Normalize COVID and Daily Life

“Test and treat” is a critical strategy for people and society returning to more normal activities. Now that the early responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have — sort of — been met (ie, minimizing infection, spread, illness, and death with masks, testing, contact tracing, social distancing, and vaccines), we are […]

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Ongoing Testing for Long-Term Control of COVID-19 Post Vaccination

COVID-19 post vaccination Before the development of vaccines, humans lived with circulating measles, polio, and smallpox viruses due to a level of long-term herd immunity following natural infection. Following the introduction of vaccines, the occurrence of these diseases was reduced by >99 percent, though, with the exception of smallpox, they were never fully eradicated. […]

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A robust and responsive laboratory testing system is essential to our success in stopping the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Testing is important to diagnose illness when someone has symptoms or has been exposed to COVID-19, and to track illness trends in communities. Expanded testing helps pandemic […]

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