In the updated guide to COVID-19 testing strategies, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that it does not currently recommend widespread screening of people without symptoms, citing the cost of such a strategy and its ineffectiveness.
“Widespread testing in asymptomatic populations, including self -testing, is not currently recommended, based on the lack of evidence on the impact and cost -effectiveness of such procedures and the concern that this approach is risky. to divert resources from higher test indicators, said instruction.
However, “countries with the resources and desire to expand testing to the general public (regardless of symptoms) must demonstrate that they have the necessary public health infrastructure to respond to positive outcomes and that the origin cannot be obtained from testing suspected cases, which is the top priority, ”the WHO told The Epoch Times via email.
Testing should be aimed at “where they are expected to have the greatest impact on public health,” as the WHO, adding, “this means that everyone suspected of having COVID-19-compliant symptoms should be prioritized for testing, “regardless of their vaccination status or history of illness.
But in areas with ongoing community outreach, anyone contacted with a probable or confirmed case should still be quarantined for 14 days even if it is asymptomatic and not confirmed positive. – READ MORE
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