The Anonymous Widower

How Cambridge University Test Students For The Covids

In Tom Whipple’s excellent article in The Times today, which is entitled In Search Of A Less Painful Route Through The Long Covid Winter, there is this paragraph.

They also point to a different, smaller-scale, test. In the summer, Cambridge University decided to go its own way on testing. Each “bubble” of students put their swabs to be tested together. If they contained a positive — validated through a far more effective laboratory test — they were each retested. At the start of the autumn term, the university experienced the usual run of cases. In the final week, when other universities were seeing mass outbreaks, all 10,000 students were tested. There were zero positives.

Could this simple method, speed up mass testing of residential areas, care homes and other universities?

December 24, 2020 - Posted by | Health | ,

1 Comment »

  1. I have read this several times, and I am not sure what it is saying. Testing them in bubbles in the summer – presumably summer term, and then retesting if someone in a bubble tested positive, then retesting then they went back to uni in Autrumn doesnt logically explain to me how the numbers a few weeks into the autumn term were affected – unless the whole positive bubble were put into self isolation.

    however if it works, then yes it would be great for places like care homes with a fixed population.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 24, 2020 | Reply

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