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Experts worry about how US will see next COVID surge coming

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AP
A second-grade student is given an at-home COVID-19 test in an elementary school in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022. The Sacramento City Unified School District began distributing the tests to elementary and middle school students, and families are to submit the results before returning to class.

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.

Click here to read more of this story from the Associated Press.