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Forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful, data show


In early July, Shannon Mayer started to feel a sudden tightness in her chest.

“The next day it was really hard to breathe,” the 31-year-old Chicago resident told CNBC. “I got scared.”

Mayer has asthma, but says she hadn’t had an issue with it for years. So she decided to get a test for Covid-19. The results, she was told, would take five to 10 days, and she was instructed to quarantine while she waited. After a week, the results still hadn’t been returned. And Mayer already felt better and suspected she wasn’t infected, so she stopped quarantining.

“Had I stuck with it, I would have been in my house for three weeks,” she said. She was tested July 1, and her results didn’t come back until…


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