Initiate Random Community Testing

Test a representative sample of Scottish citizens to determine a baseline infection / antibody rate for the general population. Current practice of releasing the number of new cases of testing done only on individuals showing symptoms is an incomplete data set.
Why the contribution is important

Why the contribution is important

The actual risk of COVID is not clear unless we understand the underlying infection rate. This is critical evidence upon which to support policy decisions.

by dblackie on May 07, 2020 at 09:12PM

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  • Posted by Stewart20 May 07, 2020 at 21:25

    Completely agree. Should be done as soon as possible.
  • Posted by Fiona May 07, 2020 at 21:31

    Totally agree! Mobile testing unit at prestwick airport sitting empty!
  • Posted by Lingirdy May 07, 2020 at 22:45

    I would go a step further and roll out mass Covid and antibody testing. Especially important for those households who have managed the virus at home.
  • Posted by Vicster May 08, 2020 at 06:06

    Agree. We could be doing so much more testing to get a better understanding of this virus. Especially if you test key workers!
  • Posted by Josh May 08, 2020 at 07:35

    There’s all this testing capacity going wasted, make community testing using at home kits sent randomly part of the strategy.

    Of course processing them should be lower priority than tests for key workers and patients, but if they were separately marked so that they could be prioritised in their own stream, we could have more of a chance of using all the capacity every day, and getting valuable data at the same time.
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