A Random Testing Strategy Is Essential – Le Devoir

May 11, 2020

As Quebec City announces the gradual reopening of businesses and elementary school, how can we ensure that public health decisions, which have an impact on our health, our lives and our health system, are made with the most relevant epidemiological data? The current deconfinement strategy relies primarily on monitoring the number of new hospital admissions each day. In particular, because we still do not know how many people in the general population are infected and have developed antibodies against the virus. This challenge is not unique to Quebec or Canada, and a deconfinement without these data could create a second wave that is larger than the first.

The solution is not necessarily to do more testing, but rather to test more judiciously.

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