Mass testing crucial to understanding virus

Unfortunately, authorities have doled out the tests in a miserly manner in Kansas, and the United States in general. Mass testing would help us quarantine those who have the virus — and shorten social distancing requirements for others.

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April 8, 2020 - 9:57 AM

A kit used to test for COVID-19.

A biochemistry professor at Kansas State University has exactly the right idea: Kansas should aggressively test as many people as possible for the coronavirus.

In a letter to the editor earlier this week, Sally Newton suggested that our state could prove to the rest of the country that this is the way to stop a viral pandemic.

Kansas is not that big, relatively speaking, with a population of 2.9 million people, about a third the size of New York City. The number of confirmed cases in Kansas is around 900; in NYC, more than 72,000.

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