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We are currently living in a pandemic. As of November 1, 2020, COVID-19 has spread across 215 countries, infected over 45.9 million people, and claimed the lives of at least 1.19 million people. While COVID-19 testing has become more available across the country, information on how testing and diagnosis works has not been made easily accessible to the public. This video series aims to give a brief background on COVID-19, and discuss how COVID-19 is tested for and diagnosed, milestones in testing development, and the scientific and societal significance of these tests.
In Part 1 of this series (i.e., this video), we discuss basic facts about the coronavirus such as its genetic material, how it is transmitted, and the symptoms of the disease. We then delve deeper into PCR tests; more specifically, how coronavirus is diagnosed through the PCR tests, its advantages and disadvantages.