Testing half the population weekly with inexpensive, rapid COVID-19 tests would drive the virus toward elimination within weeks, even if the tests are less sensitive than gold-standard. This could lead to “personalized stay-at-home orders” without shutting down restaurants, bars, retail and schools.

Testing half the population weekly with inexpensive, rapid COVID-19 tests would drive the virus toward elimination within weeks, even if the tests are less sensitive than gold-standard. This could lead to “personalized stay-at-home orders” without shutting down restaurants, bars, retail and schools.

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MD-PhD-MBA | Clinical Professor/Medicine

3 hours ago

Rocket LikeHugz

level 1

First of all, thatsa lot of tests. Just distributing them would be a challenge.

Secondly,this also requires people to do what they are supposed to.

level 2

I know some folks who literally can’t afford stay at home orders right now and I don’t think their bosses are going to willingly pay them.

This whole thing is great in theory but the rubber has got to meet the road

level 2

If we could count on the latter, we wouldn’t be here in the first place.

level 2

First of all, thatsa lot of tests. Just distributing them would be a challenge.

Have Walmart and other supermarkets stock them, or mail them with USPS.

level 2

Let spectrum do it. They’re great at spamming mailboxes.

level 2

And everyone who gets a negative test will just assume they don’t have to follow any guidelines

And everyone who gets a positive test will just assume its wrong and not follow any guidelines

level 2

It’s horrifying the the biggest logistical issue is having people cooperate to look out for each other.

level 2

As a society we can generate billions of cigarettes every year. I’m pretty sure we could figure it out.

level 2

On that second point: if some idiots consider the mandatory use of masks for everyone as “oppressive”, imagine if you ordered them, in particular, to quarantine.

level 2

I work at a medical facility that tests symptomatic outpatients. We had an average of 24hr turn around time for send-out testing and are only allowed 20-30 rapid kits per day (that’s for one hospital and 7 clinics). Recently our states numbers have exploded and we have been testing almost whole departments from our own sites so our turn around time has plummeted to 5-7 days. We started running all employees rapid to continue to be able to care and provide for our community, but again theres only 20-30 daily. That leaves the rest of the community without. It’s a tough position to be in while the numbers continue to rise.

level 2

Astute observation brother. It’s almost as if every single system in existence needs to do what it’s supposed to to function 🤔🧐

level 2

You mean “do what they’re told”

level 2

During the very first days of the pandemic in France, the outbreak literally got to a catastrophic point because someone, who knew he had the virus, refused to stay at home.

level 2

Yeah, logistics would be a huge problem

level 2

people to do what they are supposed to

studies show that force, overreach of laws and withholding information – create distrust and resentment in health and government officials that never goes away.

Also how is that different from any other product/distribution? Like I don’t see any shortage of toothpaste even if all people use it every day.

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