First mass screening at a city school

The Escola Barrufet, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc, was the first school to undergo mass screening, with PCR tests conducted on staff and pupils to detect asymptomatic cases and cut the transmission chain for Covid-19.

29/09/2020 17:39 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

Some 90% of families with children at the Escola Barrufet gave permission for their children to be tested. PCR tests were carried out on 404 pupils and 64 members of staff, including teachers and other workers.

The testing at schools consists of taking nasal smears, a less intrusive methodology as the cotton used to collect the sample is not introduced so far into the nose and it also enables asymptomatic cases to be identified.


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