UK Idea: Great or ‘Scandalous’ Waste of Money?

The UK is set to offer the entire population twice-a-week testing beginning on Friday, though the plan is drawing fire from critics.

Different takes:

  • Boris Johnson’s government is offering the free, home tests, which deliver results in 30 minutes. It hopes this will help stop outbreaks as the country reopens. Finding positive cases among the asymptomatic could interrupt chains of transmission, a Public Health England leader argues.
  • Critics said it could become a ‘scandalous’ waste of money. With low prevalence, an increasing proportion of tests will yield false positives, forcing some to self-isolate unnecessarily, said Newcastle University’s Allyson Pollock.


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