New study suggests screening college students for COVID-19 upwards of twice a week

As college campuses prepare to reopen this fall, a new study suggests students should be frequently screened for COVID-19. Researchers found testing students every

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Photo from the “Assessment of SARS-CoV-2 Screening Strategies to Permit the Safe Reopening of College Campuses in the United States”.

two days – even with a low-quality test – could keep infections at a more controllable number compared to weekly testing with a high-quality test.

Published in The Journal Jama Network Open, the study assembled data using a hypothetical group of 5,000 students; ten of which had the virus.

Researchers found if universities had indoor mask mandates and strict hand-washing policies, they would likely have to test less frequently. Some doctors say colleges are responsible for ensuring student safety but, students will also need to comply to these policies in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

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