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FDA Warns Against Using Throat Swabs for Home COVID-19 Tests

Early studies indicating saliva as a better detector for COVID have led to the social-media-fueled trend of using nasal swabs to collect throat samples for testing. However, the US Food and Drug Administration advises using tests as instructed for consumer safety and accurate results.

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The COVID Vaccine: Building Trust in the Black Community

Some in the Black community are reluctant to get the COVID vaccine because of an ugly past of clinical experimentation targeting this population. Black pathologist Valerie Fitzhugh, MD, FCAP, tells her story of why she participated in a vaccine trial and is urging others to get vaccinated.

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Home COVID Tests

While quick at-home tests for COVID-19 are hailed as a major convenience and a smart way to protect loved ones, they’ve also raised a significant challenge for public health officials in terms of comprehensive case tracking, as many consumers don’t report home test results.

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Pathologists Consider 'Workaround' So Patients Don't Freak Out Over EHR Bad News

Fearing that some patients might panic after seeing bad news in their electronic health portals before their doctors have reviewed results, some pathologists have adopted creative strategies to keep patients at ease. Emily Volk, MD, FCAP, president of the College of American Pathologists, explains.

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