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My employer has instituted mandatory testing for Covid-19 via Anti-Body Testing and the Nasal Swab method. All tests are performed in cooperation with a local Hospital/Health Services Association (they provide the Nurses who perform the testing and the Lab Personnel who analyze the specimens). Tests are performed on company property at scheduled times. Nearly all workers have been directed to work from home during the current pandemic. Mandatory 14-day quarantine for workers who test positive. Quarantine period to be spent in facilities arranged by the employer to protect family members and others, at no cost to the individuals.
What has been learned?
- Anti-body testing is ineffective. Asymptomatic individuals who can infect others may not have any anti-bodies in their system. Anti-body testing has been cancelled after analysis of results.
- The Nasal Swab test only reveals that on that specific day, at the time of collection, the sample obtained, did or did not contain Covid viruses. Individuals can become infected within hours of the test, even before they receive their test results stating their results were "Negative".
- Test results are available within 12-24 hours.
- Testing is needed weekly to re-verify individuals are not infected.
- Statistical analysis on two rounds of test results collected to date is hinting that three consecutive weeks of tests may be enough to identify and quarantine those infected, thus preventing community transfer of the disease.
- Three weeks of tests may not be enough. The right answer may be four or even five weeks.
- The Nasal Swab Test is uncomfortable, maybe even unpleasant for some, but is quick and is NOT painful. My third round test is later this week.
Just passing along information so fresh that it probably has not yet been incorporated into any response plan, any where. The sample size is between 2000 and 3000 people. I anticipate the Hospital/Health Services Association will be publishing one heck of a research paper very soon.
->Posting last edited on Mon, 18 May 2020 06:42:31.
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