At BioFire, we’ve long admired the hardworking medical laboratory professionals and pathologists whose work empowers physicians to make key treatment decisions. But now we simply are in awe of the heroic lab workers who are putting in long, grueling hours behind the scenes to help tackle the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.
“Lab workers are the heroes that we should celebrate. We like the narrative of a single person saving us all, but it’s more about the quiet, unassuming lab tech professionals who are going to help us get out of this,” Chris Nelson, PhD, said in an interview with TODAY. Nelson is a scientist in the biotech industry, but he temporarily joined the University of Washington Virology Division to help with its massive workload.