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Harvard professor and epidemiologist Michael Mina, MD, Ph.D has been a strong advocate for inexpensive paper strip COVID-19 antigen tests (that provide rapid results in 15 minutes) that he believes are sensitive and accurate enough to turn positive for the vast majority of contagious COVID-19 infections.

In this video, Dr. Mina challenges the notion that individuals need medical professionals to administer COVID-19 tests and directly give information about results. And how in the past, home pregnancy tests were considered too risky for women to utilize.

Dr. Mina is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Mina is also a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD) and an Associate Medical Director in Clinical Microbiology. Dr. Mina’s bio is here:

We have no financial disclosures related to any medical products. MedCram has a strong interest in curbing this pandemic and safely re-opening schools and our economy, and we believe Dr. Mina’s approach to testing could be effective – especially compared to the current testing approach in the United States.


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Dr. Michael Mina is the director (on a volunteer basis) of where you can get more info and streamlined ways to contact your governor and representatives in Congress about at-home COVID 19 screening

See our previous MedCram videos that have featured Dr. Mina’s research about COVID 19 testing and how quickly identifying individuals who are contagious (and who have high levels of SARS-CoV-2 virus) should be the primary focus.

A 3-minute explainer video on inexpensive at-home rapid screening tests by MedCram:

A video summary and highlights of Dr. Mina’s research and ideas in our MedCram COVID 19 Update 98:

A 5 minute summary with Dr. Mina of some key differences between COVID-19 antigen tests with rapid results:

A short explainer video on daily quick tests produced by Dr. Allen:

Summary Article Featured in the Atlantic about Inexpensive Rapid Testing:

Dr. Mina’s research paper: Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 surveillance (Pre-print)

TWiV 640: Test often, fast turnaround, interview with Michael Mina:

Visit for over 100 coronavirus pandemic updates including sensitivity vs specificity, COVID 19 tests, diagnosis and treatment, and many more topics.

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