The Washington Post is reporting UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is proposing testing every citizen of his country every week for coronavirus in lieu of any health precautions like face masks or social distancing.
No masks. No distancing. The ability to go to work or school, the theater or a soccer match, as if living in a virus-free world.
That’s the vision British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pitched this past week, as he unveiled “Operation Moonshot” — a plan to test 10 million Brits every single day, or everyone in the country every week, at a cost of $130 billion.
The prospect of a return to normal has wide appeal, especially at a moment Britain is about to implement a new round of social distancing measures, prompted by rising coronavirus infections.
But many public health experts are dubious. Some say the plan is not a moonshot, but a Jules Verne fantasy.
Such massive population-wide testing for disease would be unprecedented. Though some countries have deployed mass screening during this pandemic, “Operation Moonshot” would go where no public health campaign has gone before — and yet Britain doesn’t have the best track record on coronavirus testing.
For such a plan to work, the government would need inexpensive, quick-result tests readily available on a massive scale. But such tests aren’t available or approved at this time.
Boris Johnson has set out plans for everyone in England to take a daily coronavirus test to give people a “passport to mingle” if it proved negative. https://t.co/SHGygCaUlG
— The Times (@thetimes) September 10, 2020