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Cost of Covid-19 tests plays key role in people’s willingness to undergo testing

October 28, 2020


Where and how long can schools remain open in times of the Corona pandemic? How safe are public transport means? Which rules must be observed when organizing events? To answer these questions, systematic tests for Corona infections and antibodies are of decisive importance.

However, these are often not mandatory and the associated expenditure may be enormous. Whoever undergoes testing contributes to a better understanding of the situation. But is this motivation enough? Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and University of California San Diego (UCSD) found that the costs of tests play an important role. Political decision-makers should therefore consider making these tests easily accessible.

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