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White House hoped testing would keep coronavirus out, but it didn’t


U.S. President Donald Trump gestures towards a Abbott Laboratories ID Now Covid-19 test kit during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 30, 2020.

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The White House has for months relied on frequent, rapid coronavirus testing to keep its officials and staff safe, but President Donald Trump‘s diagnosis shows how testing alone cannot stop the virus. 

Public health specialists, including Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, who leads the U.S. testing effort, have long emphasized that testing alone is not a public health intervention. It should be…


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