• Art Jahnke

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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 13 comments on Pooled Testing for COVID-19 to Begin This Week

  1. What? Are we really going to have to do this testing nonsense again even if we are fully vaccinated? That’s literally anti-science and the CDC guidance says vaccinated individuals do not even have to quarantine if exposed to the virus. Great job bu, absolutely ridiculous. Waiting for the hate comments too of ‘you just don’t care enough about public health,’ no. This is nonsense to test FULLY VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS

    1. I believe for now it’s to protect those who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical reasons/those who have not been able to get the vaccine yet (I know someone who was on antibiotics for a while and had to wait until June to get her shot). You can still get COVID if you are vaxxed, and while you are not really at risk to get sick, those around you who are depending on everyone to be vaccinated could still get extremely ill if exposed. It doesn’t hurt to be cautious. The test literally takes 2 minutes. Don’t be dramatic.

    2. We will continue testing for a while to make sure that as new people come back into the testing cohort that we are not missing anything. Concerns include new variants and variants that might not be adequately covered by vaccines that are approved in other countries but not here in the US. If we do not see breakthrough cases, or other concerning trends, we will begin to dial back testing.

    1. That makes perfect sense and follows scientific logic which is something BU has not participated in nearly the whole pandemic… Some buildings still have one way stairs, which we all know was a major transmission route…

      1. Scientific logic and close attention to the scientific literature has guided all of our choices. We have been a bit more conservative than other institutions, but our results have been very good.

        We appreciate everyone’s patience and participation in the testing system.

        We all look forward to a return to normal campus life.

    2. Yes, peer institutions have changed. We are being cautious here. We have ~25% of folks coming from outside the US who may not have vaccines that are as good as the mRNA vaccines that most of us here in the US have. We also want to make sure we are protecting people who are vaccinated but might be immunocompromised. Finally, there is value in looking for vaccine breakthrough events, even if people are not symptomatic.

      We understand that this is tiresome, and it will not last forever. We are optimistic that we can scale back testing once everyone is back in the fall.

    3. Following the link you provided, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals *can* refrain from routine screening “if feasible”, not that they *should*.

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