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COVID-19 Pandemic Research Center (CPRC)

Rapid Antigen Testing as a Strategy to Reopen K-12 Schools


Rapid antigen testing is a promising strategy to prevent transmission of COVID by detecting and quarantining people who test positive. This study is examining the feasibility and effectiveness of using this technology as part of a comprehensive strategy to reopen K-12 schools. We will conduct qualitative interviews and focus groups of school administrators, teachers, parents, and students to understand logistical and attitudinal barriers and facilitators associated with using this technology. This information will be used to design a plan to use rapid antigen testing as part of a strategy to reopen schools. We will then conduct a pilot test of the strategy to evaluate its feasibility, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Principal Investigator
Jennifer Unger, PhD
Keck School of Medicine, USC

Neeraj Sood, PhD
Price School of Policy, USC

Research Team
Carla Arredondo

Kendrick Canizales

Ryan Lee

Daniel Soto, MPH