ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, stresses the importance of widespread surveillance to stop the spread of COVID-19 due to inequitable distribution and inconsistent price points over the course of the epidemic.

“You’ll miss some, but you’ll catch others and you’ll catch them early so you can isolate them rapidly and do the contact tracing very promptly as well,” said El-Sadr of COVID-19 rapid tests. “There are situations where in parts of this country there’s not the luxury of having PCR testing.”

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