US Consortia launches COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator
An online scenario-based testing tool has been developed in the USA which could greatly assist organisational efforts regarding surveillance testing. Scientists from the Massachusetts General Hospital Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) collaborated on the project. The COVID-19 Testing Impact Calculator is a free resource that helps demonstrate how particular testing approaches can be undertaken to curb the spread of the virus.
Risk-reducing actions and scenario-based explanations are included in the guidance that the tool offers. Organisations such as businesses or even schools could use the impact tool to their advantage by optimising the way that testing is utilised to protect employees and reduce transmission rates in their place of work. With tailored models showing particular scenarios and risks involved for varying testing strategies, the organisation is capable of planning the most relevant way to deploy COVID-19 testing. By modelling four COVID-19 testing methods such as onsite and lab-based, the tool calculates the number of individuals to test on a daily basis. The tool also offers information on the costs of particular tests, along with any potential trade-offs in the speed and accuracy of each test.