- Frequent, COVID-19 rapid tests could spur end of pandemic, make stay-at-home orders possible
- Countries turning to faster, more affordable tests to curb virus spread, enable economic recovery
- United Medical poised to capitalize on surging demand for rapid testing
Frequent rapid testing could curb COVID-19 within weeks, a recent study published by the University of Colorado Boulder and Harvard University shows (https://ibn.fm/qmy42). Factors such as test turnaround-time and frequency are key in limiting the spread of the virus, making rapid tests one of the key tools for managing the virus outbreak. As such, the rapid tests are increasingly used in countries around the world to enable economic revival and help societies go back to normal. United Medical Equipment Business Solutions Network (“UME”), a company offering both antigen and antibody rapid COVID-19 test kits, stands ready to respond to the growing need for this critical public health tool.
The study demonstrates that testing half of the population weekly with inexpensive, rapid-turnaround COVID-19 tests could accelerate virus elimination within weeks. Despite their lower sensitivity compared to gold-standard clinical tests, these rapid kits could enable an approach based on “personalized stay-at-home orders,” which would remove the need for mass closures of hospitality outlets, retail stores and schools, the study notes. For example, in a hypothetical scenario involving a city with 4% of individuals already infected, rapid testing three out of four people every three days would reduce the number ultimately infected by as much as 88%. This would be sufficient to push the epidemic toward extinction within six weeks, authors claim.
The research was published against the backdrop of significant commercial and academic effort to develop low-cost, rapid tests that could be deployed in large public settings or commercialized for do-it-yourself use. These tests could enable the comeback of public events, such as sports competitions, concerts and travel, which are currently almost completely shut down because of their high risk of virus spread. Combined with the use of masks, rapid testing of people involved in these activities could bring back to life almost-decimated sectors while minimizing the spread risk at the same time.
Several countries have already begun countrywide testing, while the new U.S. administration has named rapid testing as a priority. As the countries are turning to faster, cheaper tests to accelerate the COVID-19 public health response, demand for these products is growing. As a supplier of rapid COVID-19 test kits, United Medical is poised to capitalize on the surging need for rapid testing. Designed to test workers without symptoms as well as those who show certain symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has been infected, these test kits could be the answer to large-scale testing needs in the future. Capable of quickly and affordably identifying individuals who are most likely to be actively infectious, these products will continue to be a valuable addition to the tool kit in the fight against COVID-19. Testing is most likely to remain an important part of health protocols even after the widespread rollout of the vaccines, securing the sizeable market for rapid testing kits in the future.
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