Journal article

Optimal allocation of PCR tests to minimise disease transmission through contact tracing and quarantine

Christopher M Baker, Iadine Chades, Jodie McVernon, Andrew Robinson, Howard Bondell

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


AbstractPCR testing is a crucial capability for managing disease outbreaks, but it is also a limited resource and must be used carefully to ensure the information gain from testing is valuable. Testing has two broad uses, namely to track epidemic dynamics and to reduce transmission by identifying and managing cases. In this work we develop a modelling framework to examine the effects of test allocation in an epidemic, with a focus on using testing to minimise transmission. Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, we examine how the number of tests conducted per day relates to reduction in disease transmission, in the context of logistical constraints on the testing system. We show that if ..

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