Early detection of infectiousness is key to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and reopening the economy. The aspect of COVID-19 that has shut down a significant fraction of the economy is not [simply] a health problem, it’s an information problem. Early detection can break the chain of transmission and make workplaces safer.
Nationwide implementation of rapid screening strategy protocols developed by the CDL Rapid Screening Consortium in partnership with the provincial and territorial governments will support Canada’s management of COVID-19 in the following key ways:
Develop operational knowledge and an implementation strategy - CDL Rapid Screening Consortium Members provide an enormous and diverse workforce pool for pilot opportunities. Current members are 12 multinational corporations with more than 350,000 employees from all walks of life across Canada.
Reduce load on healthcare systems - A rapid screening system will allow Canadian healthcare resources to focus their testing efforts on infected people with the ultimate goal of rolling out the screening protocol across Canada.