White House outbreak shows limits of COVID-19 testing strategy


Days after President Trump tested positive, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has also tested positive for COVID-19.


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said she tested negative for COVID-19 “every day since Thursday” – until she tested positive Monday. 

McEnany’s disclosure shows the limits of daily testing in halting the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. A person might have such small traces of the virus after exposure a case isn’t identified until days later, even using the most accurate and sensitive tests.

It’s “what we call a window period: that’s the period after you get infected and before you test positive,” said Dr. Richard Scanlan, chair of the College of American Pathologists Council on Accreditation.

The widening outbreak of people connected to President Donald Trump brings new scrutiny to the White House’s strategy, which relies on testing everyone who comes in close contact with

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Congress Limits Medicare Part B Premium Increase

The larger-than-usual Part B premium increase was projected because of the increased emergency Medicare spending resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the health care costs to treat the coronavirus, the federal government also has been paying doctors and other Part B providers to offset the money those providers have lost because many Medicare enrollees have postponed some routine and preventive care during the crisis.

To offset this emergency spending and avoid a large premium increase, Congress in the new budget law added enough money to Medicare so, according to a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Part B premium will increase only by an estimated $4 a month. CMS officials are expected to announce the new premiums and deductibles for Original Medicare in the next few weeks. Open enrollment for Medicare starts on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

The annual Part B premium increase is

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