COVID-19 Resources

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Key Points

October 02, 2020

Recommendations for Industry

Want to Test Workers?

As studies continue to be conducted and published on COVID-19 tests, businesses who are incorporating testing into their pandemic practices must ensure they fully understand the test(s) they are using, when they should be testing, and what they are testing for.

TAG’s recommendations for the “when” to test were discussed in our September 21st newsletter:

  • If a person is symptomatic, they should be tested at the first sign of symptoms.

  • If a person is asymptomatic, they should be tested 7 to 8 days after the suspected exposure or close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.


For the “What”:

  • Understand the type of test that is used (e.g., antigen, PCR, etc.) – if you have questions, please contact us!

  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of the specific test – if you have questions, please contact us!

  • Know the sensitivity (risk of false negatives) and specificity (risk of false positives) of the test.

  • Determine who and how often you will test


For the “Why”:

  • Consider having a formal procedure as to what you will do with the results. For example: if a worker tests positive, what will you require of them? How will you trace close contacts? What will close-contacts need to do?


Overall, lab-based PCR tests continue to be the best option for test accuracy. Rapid PCR tests can be as accurate, but there can be issues related to non-lab environment variables. Additionally, there is generally no price difference, so the more precise you can be the first-time someone is tested, the better off your employees and business will be.

Outbreak Updates

As of October 02, 2020 (14:15 ET), there are over 34,422,000 cases (1,024,958 deaths) worldwide.

Due to the increasing number of cases in the United States, TAG will move from reporting counts per country to focus on the United States, please see here for the data. For further information regarding worldwide numbers, please refer to John Hopkin University’s aggregate map.

Keep up to date with COVID-19:

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