Coronavirus-free eco-centers. As part of a government program in Liverpool, students must pass a series of massive tests to detect the virus.
“I think it’s a brilliant idea. If you keep people safe there is nothing to lose. It takes a couple of minutes to do the test and is very easy to do, here in Liverpool,” says Joanne Ellis, a resident mother. in Liverpool.
Members of the Army collaborate with medical personnel in the British Executive Pilot Program. They take part in the first phase of a plan known as ‘Operation Moonshot’; a pilot test that has broad citizen support.
There are those who think that it is a plan that is useless.
“I think that is ridiculous. I just lost a daughter who had coronavirus, two or three weeks ago. So anyone who thinks that is an idiot,” declares a citizen of Liverpool.
“I have no symptoms but I came because I wanted to take the opportunity to take the test,” says another citizen of the English city.
“Liverpool City Council believes that mass testing of the people of Merseyside will help break the chain of contagion. But there are academics who claim that the result of mass tests is not clinically approved. That the tests can give false positives or false negatives “says Luke Hanrahan, Euronews correspondent in Liverpool.
“This seems like a headlong ride into a mess, to a point where it is very difficult to get out once you’ve gotten into it,” says Mike Gill, former director of the National Institute of Public Health.
Dr. Mike Gill is one of many who believe that mass testing should be part of a well thought out program.
“They have been involved in all the propaganda around all this for completely understandable reasons. We do not know what the objective of this whole plan is, or how it is going to be achieved, how it is going to be evaluated, what are the measures of success. … We, three or four weeks later, are not in a perfect position to know what the added benefit or harm of a massive testing program is, “adds Mike Gill.
Councilor Paul Brant, a politician responsible for public health in liverpool, is aware of these concerns.
“This is an opportunity to try to find where these contagion reservoirs exist in the community. We are all trying to find the most successful way to try to balance the interests of leading humanity and society and trying to do it in a way that does not pose unnecessary risks, “says Council Member Paul Brant.
Rapid tests have been shown to have reliability issues but could help provide crucial data that could help contain the spread of the coronavirus. At the moment, no one is able to stop the infections.