The express testing program, which was launched in schools in Moscow, is very important for curbing the spread of coronavirus, says Mikhail Kagan, Honored Doctor of Russia, leading scientific editor of the Vrachu.ru distance learning service for medical workers.
“Currently, one of the effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools and keep them open is regular testing. It is important to timely identify people who can spread the virus, even if they do not look sick,” explained Mikhail Kagan. Russian newspaper “. According to the expert, the screening program, which will regularly check symptom-free students and school staff, is an important tool in reducing the “silent” spread of the virus.
“It is now known (according to the CDC, the US regulator) that at least 50% of COVID-19 cases are transmitted from a person who is carrying the disease easily and unnoticed, or is not yet symptomatic (has no symptoms at present, but they may develop in the future.) The use of tests for screening helps to protect children who are not yet subject to vaccination in our country, “emphasized Mikhail Kagan.
Regular testing can detect new cases at an early stage, which will help prevent the spread of infection in the classroom, families and the community at large. The benefits of this are undeniable, since if the spread of COVID-19 is kept under control, children can stay in classrooms; testing helps schools create healthy and safe learning environments, the expert concluded.