Mass rapid tests in Liverpool cut hospital stays by a third

From The Guardian (written by James Tapper)

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Image of a woman looking at her phone, wearing a mask, scarf and hat outside a COVID-19 testing centre.

City project that used lateral flow tests to monitor population took pressure off NHS at critical time.

Mass lateral flow testing cut the number of people needing hospital treatment for Covid by 32% and relieved significant pressure on the NHS when the measures were piloted last year, a study has shown.

Liverpool conducted the first city-wide testing scheme using rapid antigen tests in November last year, amid debate about whether or not lateral flow tests (LFTs) were accurate enough to detect the virus in asymptomatic carriers.

This article was originally published on 19 Dec 2021 “Mass rapid tests in Liverpool cut hospital stays by a third” – please visit The Guardian website for full context and attribution.