Wednesday Coronavirus Update: Roche CEO Calls Some Blood Tests 'Disaster'

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It’s Wednesday, April 22. Here’s your daily update on the coronavirus.

There are over 2.5 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 178,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

The U.S. has over 825,000 cases, New York has over 251,000 cases and Spain has over 208,000 cases.

It looks like there were earlier fatalities from the coronavirus than we had previously thought. Two deaths in Northern California were confirmed to be from the coronavirus. The deaths were from Feb. 6 and Feb. 17.

Previously, the first coronavirus-related death had been recorded on Feb. 29.

And Ray Dalio, the billionaire hedge fund manager has said that the coronavirus pandemic could pave the way for societal progress in a LinkedIn interview on Tuesday.

Dalio has said that he believes the restructuring could last three to five years.

“The human capacity to adapt and invent and come out of this is much greater,” he noted.

And Roche CEO Severin Schwan slammed some blood tests telling people if they have had the coronavirus as a “disaster.”

Roche is currently preparing to launch its own antibody test next month.

Around the world, politicians, healthcare professionals, etc. are all hoping that the development of an antibody test -- which would show whether or not you have had the coronavirus and could possibly be immune -- could help protect workers and also be used to restart economies.

However, if a test has a false positive, it could be putting people in danger if someone were to believe that they were immune when they truly weren’t.

In reference to other antibody tests that Roche has tested as it develops its own, Schwan said, “It’s a disaster. These tests are not worth anything, or have very little use.”

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