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    Many leaders see testing as the way out of this dark and sporadic tunnel of Coronavirus lockdowns. The thinking being, that if you can catch someone before they spread the virus, then you can slow and even stop the pandemic. In Austria the government is planning a mass testing campaign. But not every test is created equal. And the timing of tests is also crucial, getting to someone before they’re infectious can make or break a contact tracing campaign. A mass testing programme in northern Italy has identified over 3 thousand cases. Many of those people had no idea that they had Covid-19. Testing can clearly be a powerful tool for combatting the spread of the virus, but what tests you do and where is key.

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