The Importance of Doing Research During a Pandemic

March 23, 2020

(USA Today) – Government representatives recently ordered infectious disease experts in Seattle not to test previously collected nasal swab samples for coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to assess the current outbreak. The researchers did it anyway, in what has become an important test case for the way we regulate research and diagnostic testing during a global pandemic. Dr. Helen Y. Chu, a physician researcher at the University of Washington School of Medicine, had been collecting nasal swabs from research participants in the Seattle Flu Study with the goal of being able to better detect and control the spread of flu.