How one country used testing to control COVID-19

Dr. Jen Ashton talks about what we can learn from Slovakia’s rapid testing program.
1:37 | 04/12/21

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Jen, as we in this country still try to control this virus, there is news about how one small country is using testing to do that. Tell us about that. Exactly. So while we're focusing on vaccination, which is obviously massively important, we can't lose sight of the other mitigation measures to control this pandemic and lessons learned from another part of the world Slovakia, they have used weekly rapid antigen testing whereby if one person tests positive, everyone living in that person's household is then quarantined for 14 days, they're doing this voluntarily, there's good compliance, they have found their case rates have dropped by 58%, when they started instituting these measures. So again, there's an indication there that it's not just about prevention with vaccination, but screening, which can also be an important tool in our toolbox as we reopen here. So Slovakia, not the united States, and voluntarily and compliant. That's right. How can we use some of what they've learned here? And also size, obviously, they are a very small country there. This exercise was really implemented by their military. So there are a lot of logistical issues but yes we could see this used more for schools, universities, workplaces, whether or not people follow the results and then self-quarantine, that's tbd, to be determined, but I think it's something that we need to keep in mind that it's not just about vaccination, this is an interesting lesson, and we've learned in this pandemic that we do have to learn what other countries are doing. That's right, and we're always learning. Right. Dr. Jen, thank you. We're going to turn now to

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