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Critics detail concerns over Florida’s new ‘high value’ COVID-19 testing system

Healthline, Jan. 11, 2022

January 11, 2022

Critics detail concerns over Florida’s new ‘high value’ COVID-19 testing system

“The benefit to Florida in the short term is that they will be able to maintain some testing with a limited number of tests and supplies, and if they can guarantee certain high risk groups have an easier time to get tested, they should be able to quickly get them into treatment and prevent death and disability,” said Dylan H. Roby, PhD, an associate professor of health, society, and behavior at the University of California, Irvine’s Program in Public Health. … “However, there are no real public health benefits to instituting these requirements and effectively rationing tests to ‘high value groups,’ because it will simply result in much of the infected population not knowing whether they are infected or not …,” Roby told Healthline.