Saturday June 6, 2020

Professor Paul Moynagh: The way to resume normal life is to test everyone repeatedly

A community mass testing programme would allow us to suppress the virus and end the lockdown, while we wait for effective anti-viral treatments or vaccines

10th May, 2020
To exit lockdown we need to test everybody and test them repeatedly.

There is an economic and social imperative to exit lockdown and get back to living a more normal life. This conundrum pitches health against the economy. Although sometimes overlooked, it also pitches Covid-19 related healthcare against non Covid-19 related healthcare.

So how can we quickly and permanently exit the lockdown? There is a scientific and technical solution. Test everybody and test them repeatedly.

At present, testing in Ireland is split into two streams. Firstly, testing...

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