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How COVID testing can halt infections and inform research on variants

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Maya Goode, a COVID-19 technician, right, performs a COVID-19 test outside a pharmacy in Providence, R.I., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

COVID testing slacked over the summer. At-home COVID tests are costly and hard to find.

We speak about the continued need for testing with Stephen B. Thomas, director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and Dr. Adena Greenbaum, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Clinical Services for the Baltimore City Health Department.

Learn more about the HAIR campaign - Health Advocates In-Reach and Research.

Then, Luke Tallon, of UMaryland Genomics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, describes how variant COVID strains are analyzed. He says testing is integral, “Encouraging broader testing would have a very positive impact not just on understanding these variants of concern but on understanding community spread." Learn more about UMSOM's genomic sequencing work here.

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Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.
Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.