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You aren't legally allowed to know which variant gave you COVID-19 in the US, even if it's DeltaAria Bendix
Mon, August 23, 2021
- Most people with COVID-19 in the US are legally prevented from knowing which variant infected them.
- That's because sequencing tests have to be federally approved for results to be disclosed to doctors or patients, and most are not yet.
- Lab scientists say the process of validating the tests for approval is too costly and time-consuming.
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Reider assumed it was because authorities wanted to find out whether he had a Delta infection. He, too, was curious - but when he got the test results back, he was surprised to learn that doctors couldn't give him any information about his variant.
"When I got the follow-up from Kaiser, they said it's positive, but they didn't have any of the sequencing information," Reider told Insider. That "felt odd to me," he said.
Several legal barriers prevented Reider and his doctors - as well as nearly all Americans who have tested positive for the coronavirus - from knowing which variant was to blame.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS), which oversees the regulatory process for US labs, requires genome-sequencing tests to be federally approved before their results can be disclosed to doctors or patients. These are the tests that pick up on variants, but right now, there's little incentive for the labs to do the work to validate those tests.
Sequencing tests, which pick up on variants, have be federally approved before their results can be disclosed to doctors or patients.
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