Oxford Review of Economic Policy volume 36, issue Supplement_1, PS14-S37 2020 DOI: 10.1093/oxrep/graa029 View full text
Matthew Cleevely, Daniel Susskind, David Vines, Louis Vines, Samuel Wills

Abstract: Abstract This paper argues for the regular testing of people in groups that are more likely to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and resume economic activity. We call this ‘stratified periodic testing’. It is ‘stratified’ as it is based on at-risk groups, and ‘periodic’ as everyone in the group is tested at regular intervals. We argue that this is a better use of scarce testing resources than ‘universal random testing’, as has been recently discussed globally. We find th…

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