Would door-to-door screening turn out be an effective measure to beat COVID-19?
The 21 day lockdown is coming to an end but the aim of the lockdown, which was to defeat the corona virus, is not achieved yet. The count of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India has reached to 9,205. So the question that now arises is what the government will do now to stop this deadly corona virus from spreading further. With a population of 1.3 billion and not enough kits to test all of them, the government was till now following the method of surveillance and quarantining the infected ones. And since these two have not aided the cause much and the count is still increasing, the government now plans on to going for door to door COVID-19 screening.
Some people affected with Corona virus are not showing any symptoms which make screening an essential part of the control strategy. As per the doctors, there is going to be no other solution to eliminate COVID-19 than this. 144,910 tests have been conducted in the country as of 9th April. Many states have already extended the lockdown for another 14 days, in order to screen and trace all the corona virus infected people with the help of public health workers.
And an extended national lockdown is probably on its way. Even if the lockdown is not extended, the government needs to keep a check on the movement into and out of the areas with maximum infected people, screening still being the need of the hour.