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Episode 981: How To Test A Country

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Episode 981: How To Test A Country

Episode 981: How To Test A Country

Episode 981: How To Test A Country

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MARIETTA, GEORGIA - MARCH 18: A sign is visible outside of Jim R. Miller Park during the first day of drive-thru coronavirus testing on March 18, 2020 in Marietta, Georgia. The site is not open to the public, and those being tested for COVID-19 must have referrals from health officials. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The coronavirus feels like it came out of nowhere, but the rules for developing tests have been around for a century. In this episode, we take you inside the pandemic testing system to try and understand the coronavirus tests we've all been hearing so much about: how they work, who makes them, and why it's all taking so long.

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