Desafios e propostas para ampliação da testagem e diagnóstico para COVID-19 no Brasil./ Desafios e propostas para ampliação da testagem e diagnóstico para COVID-19 no Brasil./ Challenges and proposals for scaling up COVID-19 testing and diagnosis in Brazil
Cien Saude Colet
The Brazilian context of social inequalities and barriers in accessing health services may deteriorate the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, which already affects all Brazilian federative states, with the growing curve of increasing confirmed cases and deaths. National governments and scientific field agents have been looking for evidence for the best practices of prevention and control of transmission, and care of infection and disease, including diagnosis, treatment, and health care measures. The large-scale testing strategy, aimed at early diagnosis, quarantine of the mild cases identified, as well as those of the contacts, and adequate care of severe cases, has been revised and indicated as one of the efficient pandemic control measures in several countries in the world. This paper aims to discuss the challenges of COVID-19 testing and diagnosis in Brazil.