RECAP – Q & A with Dr. Michael Mina

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    MedCram co-founder, Kyle Allred, recently hosted a live stream conversation with Dr. Michael Mina, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD). View the entire Q & A session here, and read on for a recap of Dr. Mina’s research and responses to your questions.


    Dr. Michael Mina: How to Fix COVID-19 Testing 

    Much of Dr. Mina’s current work centers on testing strategies that are aimed at allowing schools and businesses to open significantly faster and safer.. We first featured his research in our COVID-19 video update 98, in which he discusses a possible breakthrough with inexpensive home COVID-19 paper tests as part of episode 640 on This Week in Virology.

    Our Q & A with Dr. Mina extends the conversation on testing for COVID-19, highlighting the need for readily-available tests that individuals can use frequently (and get results in less than 15 min.) to assess if they’re likely infectious or not.. He also discusses barriers from the FDA, practical problems with current RT-PCR testing, and advantages of frequent use of paper (antigen) tests that could quickly be produced in the millions and have adequate sensitivity (accuracy) to detect the vast majority of transmitting COVID-19 cases.


    Stay Tuned for More COVID-19 Updates 

    For more videos in our COVID-19 lecture series, visit, which are always available for free (and ad-free). In addition, check out our full library of courses and lectures on subjects ranging from Antibiotics to CT Scans Explained Clearly and many more!

    Meanwhile, here’s a list of all the COVID-19 resources we’ve shared so far:

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