Japanese company adopts blanket virus tests to speed exit strategy from uncertainty
Diagnostic polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests still are not widely available in Japan to determine who is infected and potentially contagious. So Son took another route: First, he tested 38,216 employees, family members and clients at his Tokyo-based SoftBank conglomerate for virus antibodies, to see who had been exposed to the virus. Anyone who tested positive was then sent for a PCR test.
“I am worried that if just one or two of our employees are infected, that could possibly lead to a cluster of infections,” he said.
“On the other hand, we can’t afford to continue to stay away as companies, fearing a risk of infection,” he continued. “For an early return to work, I believe it is very important for us to test widely, and to establish a process where patients, if found, will be taken care of by doctors and segregated swiftly.”
The results of his study — the largest antibody test in Japan and one of the largest in the world — …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]