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Regular rapid testing in schools can help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks - SFU study
SFU researchers found that regular testing of all students in a class was effective in preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in schools.
The experts used a mathematical model to explore how COVID-19 transmission occurs in the classroom. They found that regular proactive testing, before any infected individuals start showing symptoms, was effective in preventing large transmission clusters.
They found that control measures that happen after a case is detected, such as testing those with symptoms and notifying their contacts, can reduce the size of large clusters. However, this is not the most effective approach because some individuals are asymptomatic and infectious.
Their preprint research follows news of the first COVID-19 outbreak in a Kelowna B.C. school.
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