How My 2-Year-Old Planted a Coronavirus Story Idea

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Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.I’ve spent much of this year reporting on the weaknesses in America’s coronavirus testing infrastructure. My story ideas come from all sorts of places: interviews with executives at major medical laboratories, tweets from Americans struggling with long wait times for tests or results, and the startling medical bills some patients have received.My latest story idea came from an especially unlikely source: my 2-year-old son.A day care classmate of his had tested positive and, a few days later, my son threw up. Between the known exposure to the coronavirus and a possible symptom, I thought it made sense to find out whether he had also been infected. That information might help our child care provider and local health officials better understand how the disease spreads among young children, something we still know little about.It seemed like it should be an easy task, given that I live in Washington, D.C., where health providers and the city have opened dozens of testing locations in recent months.Except, it wasn’t. I quickly stumbled upon another weakness in …

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