Regular, rapid, and affordable COVID-19 testing make it possible to identify and isolate infected students quickly. Rapid tests slow the virus' spread by enabling all at-risk students to be detected and effectively quarantined. Research studies from both Harvard University and Yale show that:
• Rapid result time is far more important than sensitivity.
• Frequency of testing is far more important than sensitivity.
• Screening with rapid tests can drive and keep infections down to near zero. A slower protocol cannot.
In the workplace, rapid tests could prevent 88% of viral transmissions if repeated regularly (twice a week) and with isolation of those who test positive, according to research published by Dr. Daniel Larremore, an applied mathematician who models infectious diseases at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
World travel is a critical part of our global economy. Rapid tests could enable airports to safely reopen, testing both departing and arriving passengers, with follow-up testing for several days following travel. This would allow tourism industries to reopen for business while protecting both visitors and airport & hospitality staff.