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It’s time to promote the value of a comprehensive testing strategy—for today and tomorrow.

Join an Alliance of over


representing over 3.5 million people

Join an Alliance of over


representing over 3.5 million people

Who is ACT?

ACT is a diverse alliance of organizations dedicated to promoting the importance of ongoing SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing and other diagnostic testing for the good of public health now and in the future.

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We are seeking businesses, clinicians, public health officials, elected officials, academics, and community organizations to join the Alliance for Comprehensive Testing (ACT) Against COVID. Become a member and commit to the ongoing health of our communities.

ACT against COVID: The Alliance for Comprehensive Testing is mobilized and funded by Quest Diagnostics.

Why join ACT?

Become an advocate for comprehensive testing in your community. The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear that accessible and reliable diagnostic testing is critical to the health and well-being of our communities—especially communities of color and vulnerable populations. We must maintain the progress that we’ve made to improve our response to health crises. By committing to ACT, you will help:

Protect the unvaccinated. Some children and people with certain health conditions can’t be vaccinated yet and still depend on continued testing.

Combat COVID-19 variants. Dangerous, new strains of COVID-19 put us all at risk. Testing is the best way to locate and contain new outbreaks and can help us beat the pandemic for good.

Address hidden pandemics. Testing is critical in diagnosing and treating health conditions that may have been under-treated due to the pandemic.

It’s crucial that we continue affordable, accessible and robust COVID-19 testing programs to help mitigate exposure and reduce health inequities as part of a comprehensive strategy to protect Black lives.

Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

During the AIDS epidemic, the introduction of widespread testing helped curb the virus’ deadly spread. We can follow this successful model in stopping the spread of Covid-19 and speed the return to work, school, and everyday activities.

Michael Ruppal, Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

Now is the time to embrace the solutions given to us by science that offer a way out of this crisis, particularly for Black and brown communities that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Lamont O. Repollet Ed.D., President, Kean University

Communities have been disproportionately impacted by Covid-19 and implementing testing programs to identify where the virus is spreading will help us keep the infection rate under control.

Dr. Gulshan Harjee, Co-founder, Clarkston Community Health Center

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Antibody testing determines the presence of antibodies that recognize markers of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, indicating that the body previously had been infected. In many diseases, the presence of antibodies confers immunity, but scientists have not verified if this is true for COVID-19. See the glossary section of our website to learn about the difference between Nucleocapsid Protein Antibody Tests and Spike Protein Antibody Tests.

PCR testing is used to accurately detect active infections. It is a type of molecular test and considered the gold standard for testing. PCR is the most commonly used nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

Antigen testing is used to identify active infections. It expands testing capacity as a fast, reliable, and affordable screening and diagnostic option.