Mass testing for covid-19 in the UK

  title={Mass testing for covid-19 in the UK},
  author={Mike W Gill and Muir Gray},
An unevaluated, underdesigned, and costly mess 

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Covid-19: Screening without scrutiny, spending taxpayers’ billions

It is screening by the back door, bypassing appraisal by the UK's National Screening Committee, and the lateral flow test being used is of doubtful value, with a high false negative rate.

Covid-19 mass testing: throwing the baby out with the bathwater?

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Discourse on COVID-19 Mass Testing vs. Rapid Testing Processing

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Modelling pooling strategies for SARS-CoV-2 testing in a university setting

This study presents a simulation framework to evaluate the effectiveness of different asymptomatic testing strategies within a university setting, across a range of transmission scenarios, and shows that when positive cases are clustered by known social structures, the pooling of samples by these social structures can substantially reduce the total cost of conducting RT-qPCR tests.

Rapid antigenic tests to detect asymptomatic covid-19 infections

  • J. Turabián
  • Medicine
    Archives of Community Medicine and Public Health
  • 2021
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Assessment of the National Test Strategy on the Development of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Denmark

The Danish mass testing strategy for CO VID-19 does not appear to have a detectable correlation to the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19, and the relationship between positives in antigen testing and in rt-PCR testing indicated that many patients were not tested early in their infection when the risk of transmission was at the highest.

Feasibility and Acceptability of community COVID-19 Testing Strategies (FACTS) in a University setting

It is found that self-testing is acceptable and people were able to interpret results accurately in the SARS-CoV-2 testing programme, and there were concerns about test accuracy that impacted uptake and adherence.

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the COVID-19 Asymptomatic Mass Testing Strategy in the North Metropolitan Area of Barcelona

Efficient management of resources for the policy of mass screening in asymptomatic populations can generate high social returns and the monetization of health is the critical element that tips the scales in favour of the desirability of screening.



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Screening the healthy population for covid-19 is of unknown value, but is being introduced nationwide

Concerns this will see demolition of hard won frameworks for protecting the public from ineffective, poorly delivered, and unethically practised screening

Covid-19: Government plans to spend £100bn on expanding testing to 10 million a day

The leaked documents reveal a heavy reliance on the private sector to achieve the mass testing and give details of “letters of comfort” that have already been signed with companies to reach three million tests a day by December.

The inverse care law.

Adherence to the test, trace and isolate system: results from a time series of 21 nationally representative surveys in the UK (the COVID-19 Rapid Survey of Adherence to Interventions and Responses study)

Non-adherence was associated with: men, younger age groups, having a dependent child in the household, lower socio-economic grade, greater hardship during the pandemic, and working in a key sector.

Proportion of asymptomatic coronavirus disease 2019: A systematic review and meta‐analysis

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Population healthcare: designing population-based systems

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University of Oxford SARS-CoV-2 test development and validation cell: rapid evaluation of lateral flow viral antigen detection devices (LFDs) for mass community testing

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