Test, Trace, Isolate

Everybody to be tested, if positive then isolate them until tested clear. All those met by positive person traced and tested, isolated if testing positive. If a person has recovered then issue them with ID that allows them to go back to work. We do not have to wait for apps to be developed to achieve this.

Why the contribution is important

The economy is tanking, nobody knows who has had the virus and recovered, and could therefore go back to work, who has it and is asymptomatic and who is still in danger of catching it.

by FosterDad on May 09, 2020 at 01:40PM

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  • Posted by seileasdar May 09, 2020 at 14:37

    This will only be a snapshot in time, if you are tested negative one day, you might catch the virus later and need to be tested again. This is a very costly procedure, as no dip-stick solution (think pregnancy test) has yet been developed. Testing when suspected symptoms show is much more effective on our already very strained fiscal and material resources.
  • Posted by MikePG7 May 09, 2020 at 15:00

    The countries that have rigorously traced and tested from the outset such as Taiwan have fared well (440 cases, 6 deaths). The ones that haven't have done badly - like us. It's amazing that the UK and Scottish governments have done so little in this regard.
  • Posted by junie2dogs May 09, 2020 at 18:53

    I agree that testing is expensive and the countries who have tested have faired far better than us. The testing should be done daily on NHS and Care Home staff every day to stop the spread within both these environment. My Mum tested positive for covid when she was in hospital. Family hadn’t been in for 5 weeks before she died so must have been infected in the hospital
  • Posted by bob2020 May 09, 2020 at 23:22

    This would be great, but with current supposed testing capacity of some 10,000 it would take some 550 weeks to test all of Scotlands population. This thus is an impracticable approach. Most of Scotland is in a good position, but it appears there are a few regions that are lagging in getting the virus R value such as Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanark. TTI as talked about by the First Minister could now be carried out, if there were right resources in place, in the Borders, Dunfries and Galloway, Highlands, Shetlands, Western Isle, Orkneys, Fife, Forth Valley. No need to mass test all the people in these areas. Would hope this is already being carried out in these regions.
  • Posted by Carronhall May 10, 2020 at 17:15

    Effective testing is key to enable movement of people and resumption of the economy. Key here is testing immediately for everyone with symptoms and quick results - any lab capacity needs to focus on this. To increase lab capacity, utilise private and drup company labs. The phone app needs to be effective and easy to use if people are going to adopt it - not like the UK app which even UK ministers struggle to explain how it works.
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