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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110-113

COVID-19: Are we in testing fatigue or testing fatiguely?

Department of Health and Family Welfare, National Health Mission, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Dr. Priya Sharma
District Consultant, Dakshta Mentor, O/o Chief Medical Officer, Kangra at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kleuhsj.kleuhsj_89_22

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The rapid spread of COVID 19 across the globe gave no country any chance to stay guard of what consequences it would follow. India, with 462 million of its 1.3 billion people living in densely populated urban settlements with high contact rates, was at risk of catastrophic spread of the virus. Extensive testing for SARS CoV 2 set the precedent for managing the vicious cycle of COVID 19. The study focuses on the COVID-19 testing and positivity rates across the country to attain information on whether we are testing enough or we need to be more rigorous in approach. What's the pattern so far and what follows in future. COVID 19 health portals, original articles, reviews, and case studies were studied to identify articles which correspond to the COVID 19 database comprising statistics of various Indian states published during the ongoing pandemic. The study reveals that nine states had tested more than 100% of their population with the highest 399.3 from Lakshadweep, followed by Ladakh (209.7), Delhi (175.5), Chandigarh (151.4), Jammu and Kashmir (134.3), Puducherry (126.9), Kerala (121.5), Goa (112.7), and Mizoram (107.6). It becomes pertinent to note only one of the above states (Goa 1.7) among the above list falls into the category of high death rate which can be attributed to the fact that early testing and tracing formula have suited most of these states well.

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