Coronavirus Newsbites

New saliva-based Covid-19 test could be a fast and cheap 'game changer'
A new saliva-based test from researchers at the Yale School of Public Health could give Americans a fast and inexpensive option to learn if they have Covid-19. It was given emergency use authorization by the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

Unlike some other tests that require specialized supplies, the SalivaDirect test doesn’t require a specific swab or collection device. It can also be used with reagents from multiple vendors.

60% of Americans agree confirmed coronavirus cases are rising because of more infections, but most Republicans blame testing
  • 6 in 10 Americans agree that the rise in confirmed US coronavirus cases is due to an increased number of people infected with the virus, a new Pew Research Center survey showed.
  • On the other hand, the survey found that over 60% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents point to more testing as the reason for the surge in the number of cases.
  • Data shows that the number of cases has skyrocketed regardless of whether more people were tested.

Woman whose father died from COVID-19 says 'his only pre-existing condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life'
  • A 39-year-old woman who lost her father to the novel coronavirus made an emotional speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday, saying that he died because of President Donald Trump's failure to respond to the pandemic.
  • "He had faith in Donald Trump," Kristin Urquiza said of her late father. "He voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said that coronavirus was under control and going to disappear."
  • She added that her father died after going to a karaoke bar in Arizona shortly after the state lifted its stay-at-home order in May.
  • "My dad was a healthy 65 year old," Urquiza said. "His only preexisting condition was trusting Donald Trump, and for that, he paid with his life."