NFL hopes that point-of-care testing will be developed soon

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In May, the NFL anticipated that rapid-response, point-of-care COVID-19 would be developed by August. As August is arriving, there’s no indication that it will be ready in time for the start of football season. But hope persists that it will become available during the season.

Per a source with knowledge of the league’s COVID-19 program and policy, the league is monitoring advances in point of care testing. Currently used for critical-care patients, point-of-care testing generates results within 15 minutes to an hour.

The current problem with point-of-care testing is accuracy. The current accuracy rate is in the range of 80-85 percent. The off-site analysis, which BioReference Laboratories can perform in roughly 24 hours, has an accuracy rate in the range of 98 or 99 percent.

The testing consistently is improving. For the NFL, the challenge becomes holding things together until point-of-care testing improves to the point that the NFL can use it to ensure, before every practice and every game, that anyone who steps into a team facility or onto a field is negative for the virus.

9 responses to “NFL hopes that point-of-care testing will be developed soon

  1. Folks. This is never going to work. It only takes one player and then what happens when he has been on the field with other players? Any player who doesn’t play this year by choice is one thing. SMART.

  2. This is another reason why daily testing is a mistake. If they ran the tests weekly, you would get the results back in 24 hours and could immediately retest the positives, possibly with a more specific confirmation assay.

    As it stands now, you are going to be retesting a player before they get the previous day’s results back. So what will the NFL do when the results don’t agree for a single player from one day to the next?

  3. What I don’t understand is if a player tests positive according to CDC guidelines people coming in contact with them should be quarantined for 14 days. That’s the whole team. End of season.

  4. danrob says:
    July 21, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    What I don’t understand is if a player tests positive according to CDC guidelines people coming in contact with them should be quarantined for 14 days. That’s the whole team.
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    And the coaching staff, trainers, media, the opponent, etc., etc.

  5. When the first starting QB tests positive then what? Does the rest of the league have to go to their backups to keep everyone competitive? Seriously, what’s the plan for that?

  6. Headline: NFL hopes that point-of-care testing will be developed soon

    We all do.

  7. “When the first starting QB tests positive then what?”

    It doesn’t even have to be the starter, say it’s a practice squad QB. He’s in the QB room with the starter, the backup, the QB coach etc…. ALL of them would have to be quarantined for 14 days. Good luck with that.

  8. The NFL hopes that point of care testing will be developed soon? So does the rest of the world.

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