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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: No symptoms? Consider holding off on that test

On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Austin Fast ]
Published Jul. 23, 2020

National laboratories are struggling to keep pace as demand for coronavirus testing grows. Florida processed almost 60,000 tests each day this week, which has more than doubled what the state was seeing this time in June.

In this episode, Tampa Bay Times reporter Margo Snipe shares a first-hand look at the highs and lows of getting tested for coronavirus after possible exposure to the virus. Reporter Lane DeGregory also shares an interview with a Tampa Bay lab director who breaks down all the complex testing lingo and might make you reconsider taking that test. Listen in the player below.

If your browser isn’t displaying the episode player above, you can listen here. Guests appearing in this episode include Maura Pieretti of BayCare Laboratories and Nichelle Threadgill of Community Health Centers of Pinellas.

We don’t have a set schedule for our Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we will continue to publish more episodes. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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