WATCH: Rutgers professor on disparities in COVID-19 test wait times

It still takes too long to get results, and differences in wait times nationwide can put some communities at risk

Effective contact tracing relies on quick turnaround for COVID-19 test results, and it has significantly improved since the peak of the outbreak in the spring. In April, the average test results took about four days. By September, the time dropped to a little more than 2 and-a-half days, but it’s still too slow to accurately trace infections, according to researchers at Rutgers University. What’s worse, their nationwide survey finds considerable disparities in the wait times. Co-author and Rutgers assistant professor Katherine Ognyanova joins Anchor Briana Vannozzi to discuss who’s at risk.