Mass testing of university students for covid-19.
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
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Matheson, N., Warne, B., Weekes, M., & Maxwell, P. (2021). Mass testing of university students for covid-19.. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 375 n2388. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2388
People can clearly incubate and transmit SARS-CoV-2 in the absence of symptoms. Nonetheless, the value of mass testing (large scale asymptomatic screening to identify cases) has been contested. In principle, isolation of people with pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection will prevent further spread. In practice, it is less clear whether enough infectious people can be identified through screening to have a quantitatively important effect on transmission, and whether the direct benefits of enhanced case ascertainment are outweighed by direct or indirect costs. The debate is complicated by an absence of data from randomised controlled trials, and controversy about the suitability of lateral flow tests for this purpose.
Humans, Mass Screening, Universities, United States, Pandemics, United Kingdom, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 Testing
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2388
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