Colleges Need To Test Frequently
A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS COLLEGES CAN KEEP COVID CASES MORE CONTROLLED IF THEY TEST STUDENTS EVERY TWO DAYS
(CNN) – As college campuses prepare to reopen; a new study suggests they should frequently screen students for COVID-19.
Researchers found that testing students every two days, even with a low-quality test, could keep infections at a more controllable number; compared to testing weekly with a higher-quality test.
The study, published in the journal Jama Network Open, assembled this data using a hypothetical cohort of 5,000 students. 10 of which had the virus.
Researchers found that if universities had indoor mask mandates and strict handwashing policies; less frequent testing could be adequate.
Some doctors say colleges are responsible for ensuring student safety, but students will also need to comply to these policies if they want to mitigate the spread of the virus .