What do you all think? What cost would make it ubiquitous enough to help? Would it even make a difference? Is it the non symptom carriers that we should be most concerned about? Is tracking a cheaper and more effective approach? Do we need to hire thousands of trackers? Thoughts
Thanks for starting this conversation. Tagging a few brilliant minds to join in but I’ll offer my thoughts as a starter: @Pathfinder @JazliAziz @jpop @Chris @Shay
Until we have a vaccine, people will continue to die. So the goal is to prevent as many deaths as possible whether we’re in full lockdown, an early stage of reducing restrictions, or a “return to normal.”
If every evening, after driving home from work, you could test yourself before you walked in the door then you could prevent your family members from getting infected from you if you test positive.
As someone living with someone who is at greater risk of death from infection, I would easily pay five grand a year if I could do daily testing.
Getting tested daily would also mean that I get needed care when the treatment required is the least invasive, rather than waiting until my symptoms are pronounced and more serious and hospitalization may be my only option.
Not everyone can afford to spend five grand a year for testing, however, especially when 40% of the US population doesn’t have $500 saved for an emergency.
Another option to consider is “immunity passports.” The EU has been seriously considering this so that people who already had coronavirus can travel between countries. In the movie Contagion, they had wristbands to differentiate those who had received the vaccine so it’s a similar concept.
However, whether you can get the virus a second time is open for discussion because both Malaysia and South Korea have reported cases of recovered coronavirus patients who were subsequently re-infected.