Antigen Testing for Screening in Non-Healthcare Workplaces

Antigen tests are an effective tool to help employers prevent the spread COVID-19 in the workplace. Antigen tests, when used for screening employees in non-healthcare workplaces, can detect current infection before an employee enters the workplace or returns to work. Antigen tests are Easy to give Quick to return results Low in cost Antigen tests…

Few rapid antigen Covid-19 tests meet WHO standards

A new large scale international review of rapid Covid-19 tests finds that few of them meet the World Health Organization’s minimum acceptable performance standards. There are two kinds of rapid tests – molecular tests, including PCR, which are considered to be the gold standard of molecular diagnostics; and rapid antigen tests, which detect proteins of the virus.…

The American School of Warsaw manages pandemic risks for the sake of educational wellbeing of its students

Since the start of the pandemic, schools and universities across the world have been facing a daunting challenge as they re-opened their campuses while protecting the health of students and faculty. While keeping schools open to in-person learning poses epidemic risks, keeping them closed poses educational and social-emotional risks to all students, which can have…

ASW Whitepaper — Reopening School

ASW Reopening in August 2020 The American School of Warsaw reopened on 18 August 2020, ready to welcome students and prepared with a three-layer plan, STOP-PROTECT-REACT (Figure 1). We started the year by testing all students and staff. We were pleased to see no positive cases in that initial round of testing, and we started…

Roche to launch SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Test in countries accepting CE mark, allowing fast triage decisions at point of care

Antigen test reliably and quickly triages people suspected of SARS-CoV-2, with results ready in 15 minutes, allowing informed treatment decisions Antigen test accurately screens individuals with known exposure to infected SARS-CoV-2 patients, providing fast answers regarding their infection status Affordable and small, instrument-free testing kit enables convenient use for healthcare professionals at different point of…

Prepare for a winter covid-19 spike now, say medical experts

The news: We should prepare now for a potential new wave of coronavirus cases this winter, according to the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences. Health-care systems tend to struggle in winter anyway because infectious diseases spread faster as we spend more time in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and because conditions like asthma, heart attacks, and stroke…