Alliance for Pandemic Preparedness

July 8, 2020

Optimising Benefits of Testing Key Workers for Infection with SARS-CoV-2: A Mathematical Modelling Analysis

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  • Sandmann et al. modeled the impact of various testing strategies on the risk of workplace transmission and absences for essential workers: (i) testing workers with SARS-CoV-2-like symptoms who self-isolated, (ii) testing asymptomatic workers in household quarantine, and (iii) universal testing. Universal testing of staff had the largest reduction per test in workplace transmission, while only testing asymptomatic workers in household quarantine has the largest reduction per test in absences. 

Sandmann et al. (July 8, 2020). Optimising Benefits of Testing Key Workers for Infection with SARS-CoV-2: A Mathematical Modelling Analysis. Clinical Infectious Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa901