Came across the UEFA Guidance on Euro 2020 Testing in Stadiums.

Is it up to scratch e.g., likely to be effective?

Short 🧵on the effectiveness of UEFA Euro 2020 event testing protocols..…
For event testing to be most effective, you want to ensure swabbing quality & that people are testing as close as possible to the event (ideally within 12 hours but 24 hours is acceptable).

NB - Ensuring same-day event testing at a test-site is logistically challenging.
The current guidance states a self-administered swab for a rapid antigen test must be taken within 48 hours of stadium gates opening, and 'proof' of result given via text or email.

These tests can be self-administered (at home), or taken at an asymptomatic testing site.
The 48 hour window given increases the risk of the test failing to prevent entry to potential superspreaders if they test 48 hour before but become (more) infectious in that window before the match.
For me, the key benefit of allowing people to test-at-home is it gives the flexibility to enable the swab test to take place shortly before the event (on the day (within 12 hours)).
So it makes sense to opt for home-tests as they give you greater flexibility to time the swab well, even though swabbing quality might be reduced slightly compared to at an asymptomatic test site.
Other benefit of testing at a test-site is it gives greater confidence that test was taken, and result isn't being 'frauded' to game entry.
But, given home self-administered tests are accepted, which I expect most to do given the inconvenience of travelling to an ATS, it doesn't make much sense to continue with a 48-hour window.

Just make it a home test on the day (12h), or swabbing at a test site (36/48h).
This small change would much likely improve any potential effectiveness of the programme to keep infectious, and particularly potential superspreaders, out of the event.
Also seems in the rest of Europe, where matches with crowds also taking place, there is no option to test at a test site, with only self-reported rapid antigen testing done at home, again in a 48 hour time window.

Better if @UEFA @EURO2020 changed to on the day...


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