Bronx Zoo Tiger Did Not Get A Human Coronavirus Test

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GrrlScientist

Nadia, the Bronx Zoo tiger recently diagnosed with coronavirus, did NOT deprive a potentially infected person from getting a COVID-19 test

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Examples of coronavirus tests available to humans. (Credit: Washington State Department of Health)

WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

There’s been some public blowback against officials for giving Nadia, an ailing Malayan tiger who lives at the Bronx Zoo, a test for coronavirus. Considering that tests for COVID-19 are so severely limited for humans, why should a sick tiger get a test before a sick person does?

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Ritchie Torres via Twitter.

RITCHIE TORRES VIA TWITTER.

Although councilman Ritchie Torres voiced a common frustration, this sentiment reflects the confusion surrounding COVID-19 testing because there are two main differences between COVID-19 tests for humans and those used for animals. The first difference lies in the test itself, and second…

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