TEMPERATURE AND SYMPTOM CHECKS MISS MANY COVID-19 INFECTIONS: STUDY

 

Highlights
• As per a study, the temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor’s have been proven inadequate for tracing the dreadful virus and curbing outbreaks
• This study published in the New England Journal of Medicine was conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York along with the Naval Medical Research Center

As per a study, the temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor’s have been proven inadequate for tracing the dreadful virus and curbing outbreaks. The study conducted on Marine recruits found that despite these measures and strict quarantines before they began training, the recruits were spreading the virus to others though all being asymptomatic. Hence none of the infections were caught through symptom screening.
This study published in the New England Journal of Medicine was conducted by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York along with the Naval Medical Research Center.
Jodie Guest, a public health researcher at Atlanta’s Emory University said “We spent a lot of time putting measures like that in place and they’re probably not worth the time as we had hoped.” She further said “Routine testing seems to be better in this age group.”
This study involved 1,848 Marine recruits, about 90 percent of them men, who were asked to isolate themselves for two weeks at home, then in a supervised military quarantine at a closed college campus.

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