Experts worry about how US will see next COVID surge coming
Recent changes could hurt the ability to see the beginning of a new wave, including how Americans are getting tested and a decision by federal officials to reduce the number of labs hunting variants.
Experts are watching for a potential new COVID-19 surge in the U.S. — and wondering how long it will take to detect.
They say recent changes could hurt the nation's ability to see the beginning of a new wave. Those changes include how Americans are getting tests and a decision by federal officials to reduce the number of labs hunting to variants.
Health officials are increasingly focusing on hospital admissions, which rise only after a surge has arrived.
And a wastewater surveillance program remains a patchwork that cannot yet be counted on to fully understand coming surges.