The Liverpool COVID-SMART Community Testing national pilot began 6 November 2020 with the aim of improving detection and bringing down cases using lateral flow tests open to all people without ‘official’ symptoms. Aspects such as public support, uptake, speed and integration with wider public health actions also form part of the assessment. We heard interim results back in December last year and now the researchers have published their full report and analysis of the programme, covering an evaluation period from 6 November 2020 up to 30 April 2021.
Prof Iain Buchan, Executive Dean, Institute of Population Health, Chair of Public Health and Clinical Informatics, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of Liverpool
Prof Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health, Liverpool City Council and Honorary Professor at University of Liverpool
Prof Sally Sheard, Head of Department of Public Health, Policy and Systems, Institute of Population Health, University of Liverpool
Prof Calum Semple, Professor of Outbreak Medicine, University of Liverpool and SAGE member
This Briefing was accompanied by an SMC Roundup of Comments.