COVID-19 Testing and Transmission

COVID-19 Rapid Testing and Activity Transmission Risk

Project Status:Complete

Knowledge User(s)

Ireland Department of Health

Patient/Public Partner(s)

Amanda Doherty-Kirby, Paul Taylor

Project Trainee(s)

Aileen Conway, Rhea O'Regan, Gabriele Zitikyte

Funding Source(s)

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance
  • Health Research Board, Ireland Department of Health

Project Objectives

To determine (1) the effectiveness of different COVID-19 rapid testing strategies including self-administered versus supervised testing, different swab location (nasopharyngeal versus mid turbinate versus anterior nasal) and different testing frequencies (e.g., one off compared to repeated testing at different intervals for different lengths of time) at detecting infectiousness or reducing transmission; (2) the risk of Covid-19 transmission associated with different activities (e.g., dining, exercising etc.) or settings (e.g., educational, hospitality etc.) and what factors contribute to risk (e.g., type of contact, number of contacts, time within the risk environment, etc.); and (3) how transmission risk of common activities alters with background population prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 and population vaccine coverage.

Research Approach

Living Rapid Review

Project Lead(s)

David Moher

Position: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

David Moher is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where he directs the Centre for Journalology (publication science ). He is also an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He holds an MSc in epidemiology and PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.

Dr. Moher has been involved in developing the science of how to optimally conduct and report systematic reviews for most of his professional career. Another part of his research has focused on how best to develop reporting guidelines. He spearheaded the development of the CONSORT statement and the PRISMA statement. He also leads an active program investigating predatory journals and publishers. More recently he led a program to develop core competencies for scientific journal editors. He is actively developing a program to investigate alternatives to current incentives and rewards in academic medicine.

David Moher

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

David Moher is a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology...

Julian Little

Position: School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa

Julian Little

School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa