Introduction: Currently, several countries are facing severe public health and policy challenges when designing their COVID-19 screening strategy. A quantitative analysis of the potential impact that combing the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT; Wet screening) and digital checker (Dry screening) can have on the healthcare system is lacking. Method: We created a hypothetical COVID-19 cohort for the analysis. The population size was set as 10 million with three levels of disease prevalence (10%, 1%, or 0.1%) under the assumption that a positive test result will lead to quarantine. A digital checker and two RATs are used for analysis. We further hypothesized two scenarios: RAT only and RAT plus digital checker. We then calculated the number of quarantined in both scenarios and compared the two to understand the benefits of sequential coupling of a digital checker with a RAT. Result: Sequential coupling of the digital checker and RAT can significantly reduce the number of individuals quarantined to 0.95-1.33M, 0.86-1.29M, and 0.86-1.29M, respectively, under the three different prevalence levels. Conclusion: Sequential coupling of digital checker and RAT at a population level for COVID-19 positive test to reduce the number of people who require quarantine and alleviating stress on the overburdened healthcare systems during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106715
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics


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