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The six-week examine concerned 360 individuals in 5 North Carolina college districts and one constitution college with common masks mandates.

According to the findings, the targeted testing technique decreased the variety of kids in quarantine by 90% and resulted in a transmission charge of two%. 

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Students who had been uncovered got assessments in school by a educated workers member and allowed to remain in school if the check was detrimental and the coed was asymptomatic. Another check was given after 5 or seven days.

“Just test, stay masked and asymptomatic and stay in school,” mentioned Benjamin, a professor of pediatrics at Duke’s medical college.

The examine has expanded to incorporate 1,100 kids. Those outcomes will likely be despatched to the state for evaluate in a couple of month, he mentioned.

“The results from 1,100 children have not been formally analyzed, but the results are looking very similar,” he mentioned.

Benjamin mentioned he believes college districts may have sufficient assessments to implement the program. Training to manage the check takes about quarter-hour, he mentioned.

The examine coated the early days of the omicron variant.

“Transmission was a little higher but it was still less than 5%,” Benjamin mentioned.