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Add this to the litany of bad news about the coronavirus pandemic: Opioid overdoses are up, likely because of stress. And La Crosse County may have seen the nation’s first verified reinfection of a person who previously was diagnosed with COVID-19. On the positive side, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are testing a COVID-19 saliva test that could provide results in just a few hours, allowing schools and workplaces to reopen.
Opioid overdose increase in Madison, state linked to COVID-19 stress — Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin passes 1 million tested for COVID-19 — Beloit Daily News
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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say they are testing the efficacy of a saliva test for COVID-19 that could generate results in a few hours. “This sort of testing, if it is successful and can be expanded, offers hope that schools and workplaces could receive rapid turnaround testing to assist in the complex decision of managing education during the outbreak with a test that is still sensitive enough to catch the people who are contagious, but exceptional in terms of accessibility, cost and turnaround time,” said David O’Connor, professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.
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