Surveillance Strategies and Diagnostic Procedures: Integrated Approaches to Manage the COVID-19 Outbreak
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 61729
The COVID-19 pandemic emergency can hardly be managed with standard approaches. For a prompt return to previous levels of social interaction and business, virus diffusion must be curbed and kept under control—this requires a robust surveillance strategy, for which virus testing will be central. Diagnostic screening should be performed at a mass scale, extended to the asymptomatic population, and repeated over time. Different types of diagnostic tests are now available with alternative methods and benefits. As the monitoring capacity is limited, there is a strong necessity for new strategies that could massively increase laboratory efficiency, while maintaining the benefit of time- and cost-effectiveness.
The effectiveness of the diagnostic tests should not be evaluated as a stand-alone, but in the context of a prolonged surveillance strategy where the necessity of analytical sensitivity must come to terms with the need for a short turnaround time and high testing frequency.
This Special Issue aims to focus attention on the increasing need of multidisciplinary approaches in which diagnostic, clinical, epidemiological, and statistical concerns and insights synergically come together to develop new efficient surveillance strategies, tailored to the characteristics of different monitoring contexts.
Prof. Dr. Chiara E Ghezzi
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- surveillance strategies
- molecular testing
- antigenic testing
- rapid test
- self-administration test
- group testing
- efficiency evaluations