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Covid-19: Universities may need to test students every three days to prevent major outbreaks, say researchers

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n618 (Published 03 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n618
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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The emergence of more transmissible variants of SARS-CoV-2 may mean needing to test students every three days to prevent major outbreaks, researchers have said.

The government has advised universities to test students and staff twice a week when students who need practical or specialist facilities return to campuses from 8 March. But researchers from nine UK universities who modelled the effects of various interventions for controlling transmission said that twice weekly testing may not be enough, given the more transmissible Kent variant of the virus currently circulating in the UK.

“The emergence of more transmissible new variants results in impaired effectiveness of mass asymptomatic testing,” they wrote in a preprint. …

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