Thursday, 28 October 2021

Covid testing’s value shrinks in US as vaccines beat back virus

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NEW YORK – Federal health officials’ new, more relaxed recommendations on masks have all but eclipsed another major change in guidance from the government: Fully vaccinated Americans can largely skip getting tested for the coronavirus.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that most people who have received the full course of shots and have no Covid-19 symptoms don’t need to be screened for the virus, even if exposed to someone infected.

“At this point we really should be asking ourselves whether the benefits of testing outweigh the costs – which are lots of disruptions, lots of confusion and very little clinical or public health benefit,” said Dr David Paltiel of Yale’s School of Public Health, who had championed widespread testing at colleges last year.

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