I have a question for you and/or your MR readers: what’s the smart way to use spare Covid testing capacity?
With the virus (currently) receding in many places fewer and fewer people are getting symptoms and seeking tests.
Even without a second wave in the next few months, we’ll need testing capacity again for the next flu season, when we’ll need to distinguish between flu patients and Covid patients.
How should we use spare testing capacity in the meantime? Increase random testing? Weekly tests for everyone in a single city? Weekly tests for everyone in particular economic sectors?
I would be grateful for your thoughts on this.
That is from O.L. My intuition (and I stress this is not a scientific answer in any way) is to test people who take elevators every day, to get a better sense of how risky elevators are. And then test systematically in other situations and professions to learn more about transmission mechanisms, for instance the subway when relevant, supermarket clerks, and so on. Test to generate better risk data. What do you all think?