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Researchers from Harvard argue that a massive array of rapid corona tests will be more effective in eradicating the corona epidemic. "A less sensitive test that gives a result today is better than a sensitive test with a result tomorrow"



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Researchers claim that this method will eradicate the plague in 6 weeks

Researchers from Harvard argue that a massive array of rapid corona tests will be more effective in eradicating the corona epidemic.

"A less sensitive test that gives a result today is better than a sensitive test with a result tomorrow"

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In the video: with corona tests and restrictions - Eilat opens to vacationers (Photo: Shai Makhlouf, editor: Tal Reznik)

A set of mass rapid tests for Covid-19 - especially for people who do not show symptoms associated with the disease - can bring the corona epidemic to an end within 6 weeks.

According to a new study by scientists from the School of Public Health, Harvard University and the University of Colorado, Boulder.



Researchers have published an article in which the publication of the conclusions and the study in the journal Science Advances after undergoing peer review. They say speed tests, even though they are less accurate PCR tests, will Allow the authorities to take much more targeted steps, instead of enforcing extensive closures that severely hurt the economy, provided they are carried out on a massive scale.

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The cost of the quick tests is relatively cheap and they yield an answer within a few minutes, in contrast to the PCR tests performed in a laboratory whose results sometimes have to wait several days.

If half of the U.S. population, for example, were tested once a week, and those who were positive went into isolation, the consequences would be enormous, the researchers say.

"The quick tests actually check who is contagious and who is not."

Speed ​​checkpoint for Corona at its best for vacationers entering Eilat (Photo: Shai Makhlouf)

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"Our most significant conclusion in terms of the 'big picture' is that when it comes to public health, a less sensitive test that gives a result today is better than a test with a higher sensitivity whose result will only be obtained tomorrow," said Daniel Lemor, a computer science professor at the University of Colorado. the current research.

More effective for public health than PCR tests?

A quick check to Corona at Ben Gurion Airport (Photo: Reuven Castro)

"Instead of telling everyone to stay home so they don't get infected by one sick person, we can isolate in homes only those who are really contagious, and everyone else can continue to lead their lives," he added, in an interview with Science Alert on Friday.

Cut the infection rate by 88%

The study, which is based on mathematical models, found that performing rapid tests on three-quarters of the population in each city every 3 days could cut the rate of infection by 88 percent.

According to the researchers, this is a high enough rate to eradicate the epidemic within 6 weeks.



"The rapid tests actually check who is contagious and who is not. They are particularly effective in detecting Covid-19 in the stages of the disease in which the patient infects others," said Michael Mina, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University and one of the researchers who participated in this study.

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