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Can Rapid Testing Offer Hope of a Widespread Return to the Office?

This article was written by Owen Kell, Senior IoT Research Associate at Memoori. While much of Europe has returned to some form of lockdown, and COVID-19 cases continue to rise in North America, the calls for a widespread return to traditional workplaces will continue, particularly for activities that cannot be effectively delivered remotely. While health and safety measures including improved in-building sanitation, social distancing, increased hand washing, and usage of face mask are being widely adopted, the inability to identify and isolate coronavirus infections amongst the workforce has resulted in staff absences and reduced overall economic productivity. Employers are therefore investigating the practicality of deploying rapid COVID-19 diagnostic testing as part of their return-to-work approach. Testing can take the form of both antigen, or antibody testing. Antigen screening tests for an active viral presence (indicating that the person is currently infected), while antibody tests screen the blood to indicate whether a person has had the […]

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