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Saturday, May 30 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update 5-30-2020

Coronavirus Cases 1,793,530, Deaths have climbed to 104,542 and Recovered continues to excel to 519,569.

Screening, like Social Distancing and Good Hygiene Practices, is an important part in fighting the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.  Antibody screening allows an employer to identify those with antibodies to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.  Those identified include:
-Asymptomatic and spreading the virus.
-Symptomatic and spreading the virus.
-Healthy or entering the healthy phase and possibly having immunity.

Call WSI today (800)338-5515 or or COVID-19 Screening  more information on our screening products and lab testing.

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Sunday, May 24 2020

I had a staffing agency call last week with the question - Can you help me temporarily while we bring our customers applicants back to the workplace?  Temporarily?  

The staffing agency employees are still working from home, but yet they need to drug screen their customers applicants.  Yes we can - even if it temporary.  You can have access to any of our 11,500 sites that are normally within couple miles of where they work or live.

For more information, call 800-338-5515 or or

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Friday, May 22 2020


CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms

By Arman Azad


Updated 12:38 AM ET, Fri May 22, 2020

(CNN)In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.

The CDC also says its "best estimate" is that 0.4% of people who show symptoms and have Covid-19 will die, and the agency estimates that 40% of coronavirus transmission is occurring before people feel sick.

The agency cautions that those numbers are subject to change as more is learned about Covid-19, and it warns that the information is intended for planning purposes. Still, the agency says its estimates are based on real data collected by the agency before April 29.

The numbers are part of five planning scenarios that "are being used by mathematical modelers throughout the federal government," according to the CDC. Four of those scenarios represent "the lower and upper bounds of disease severity and viral transmissibility."

The fifth scenario is the CDC's "current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States." In that scenario, the agency described its estimate that 0.4% of people who feel sick with Covid-19 will die.

For people age 65 and older, the CDC puts that number at 1.3%. For people 49 and under, the agency estimated that 0.05% of symptomatic people will die.

Expert pushes back

Under the most severe of the five scenarios outlined -- not the agency's "best estimate" -- the CDC lists a symptomatic case fatality ratio of 0.01, meaning that 1% of people overall with Covid-19 and symptoms would die.

In the least severe scenario, the CDC puts that number at 0.2%.

One expert quickly pushed back on the CDC's estimates.

"While most of these numbers are reasonable, the mortality rates shade far too low," biologist Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington told CNN.


Bergstrom, an expert in modeling and computer simulations, said the numbers seemed inconsistent with real-world findings.

"Estimates of the numbers infected in places like NYC are way out of line with these estimates. Let us remember that the number of deaths in NYC right now are far more than we would expect if every adult and child in the city had been infected with a flu-like virus. This is not the flu. It is COVID," Bergstrom said.

CDC releases detailed guidance on reopening that had previously been shelved by White House

CDC releases detailed guidance on reopening that had previously been shelved by White House

"As I see it, the 'best estimate' is extremely optimistic, and the 'worst case' scenario is fairly optimistic even as a best estimate. One certainly wants to consider worse scenarios," Bergstrom said of CDC's numbers.

"By introducing these as the official parameter sets for modeling efforts, CDC is influencing the models produced by federal agencies, but also the broader scientific discourse because there will be some pressure to use the CDC standard parameter sets in modeling papers going forward," he said.

"Given that these parameter sets underestimate fatality by a substantial margin compared to current scientific consensus, this is deeply problematic."

Numbers are for planning purposes, CDC says

"The scenarios are intended to advance public health preparedness and planning. They are not predictions or estimates of the expected impact of COVID-19," the CDC says.

It says the numbers do not "reflect the impact of any behavioral changes, social distancing, or other interventions," which would be relevant for some of the agency's estimates -- such as how many infections stem from each case.

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Still, the CDC is characterizing the numbers as preliminary estimates from federal agencies, including the CDC and the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, that are "designed to help inform decisions by modelers and public health officials who utilize mathematical modeling."

Under the best estimate scenario, the guidance says 3.4% of symptomatic people with Covid-19 will require hospitalization, with that number rising to 7.4% in people 65 and older. The CDC also says it assumes that people without symptoms are just as infectious as those with symptoms.

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Friday, May 15 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update 5-15-2020

Coronavirus cases grew to over 1,400,000 cases, Deaths grew to over 86,900 and Recovered continue to excel to over 318,000.

Screening, like hand washing, social distancing and other components of COVID-19 prevention, is key to fighting and containing the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.  With Screening you can find those who have been infected by COVID-19 Coronavirus:

Symptomatic and spreading the virus.
Asymptomatic and spreading the virus.
Healthy or entering the healthy phase and possibly have immunity.

WSI offers antibody screening.  Our Point of Care Testing (POCT) allows results at your site within 10 minutes.  For more information call 800-338-5515 or or WSI COVID-19 Info Page


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Monday, May 11 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update 5-11-2020

Coronavirus Cases 1,367,963, Deaths 80,787 and Recovered continues to excel to 255,336.

Screening, like Social Distancing and Hand Washing, is an important tool in the fight of Coronavirus spread.  When antibodies are present you can identify those who are:

1. Asymptomatic and spreading the virus. 
2. Symptomatic and spreading the virus.
3. Those that are entering or have entered into to the recovdered stage and possibly immunity.  The identified recovered are candidates to be re-intoroduced into the workplace.

For more information, please call 800-338-5515 or or WSI COVID-19 Screening

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Thursday, May 07 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update 5-7-2020

Visit WSI's Google Page to see the latest update on COVID-19  and Coronavirus Antibody Testing:

WSI Google Page

You may also call us directly at 800-338-5515 or or for additional information.

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Monday, May 04 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update 5-4-2020

Coronavirus Cases Over 1,188,000 cases, Deaths 68.606 and Recovered continues to grow to 178,594.  

Screening, like hand washing and social distancing, is integral part of fighting the Coronavirus infection spread.  WSI offers a COVID-19 Antibody screening program.  It helps employers detect those with antibodies that fit into one of the three categories below:

1. Symptomatic and spreading the virus.
2. Asymptomatic and spreading the viurs.
3. Previously infected and enterered or now entering the healthy and/or immunity phase.  These individual can be re-intorduced safely into the workplace.

For more information on WSI's screening program, call 800-338-5515 or or WSI COVID-19 Screening

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Saturday, May 02 2020

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update 5-2-2020

Coronavirus Cases 1,131,492, Deaths climb to 65,776 and fully recovered conitinues to grow & outpacing deaths to 161,563.

Screening is an integral part of fighting the Coronavirus spread.  WSI offers antibody testing.  Those with antibodies can be detected and show the following:

1. Symptomatic who are spreading the virus.
2. Asymptomatic who have no symptoms and are spreading the virus.
3. The healthy who were recently infected and now have immunity and are candidates to return to the workplace.

For more information on WSI's Antibody screening, please call 800-338-5515 or or COVID-19 Screen Info

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