First, the virus itself is highly complex. We are still learning about new variants and how the virus transmits. As evidenced by the breakthrough cases among eight vaccinated players on the New York Yankees baseball team, transmission can still take place even if you've had both vaccines. Scientists expected this, but it signifies the need for testing to play a role in improving safety.
Many businesses don't know where to start though, and their internal processes can hamper the implementation process, particularly for larger companies that are less nimble.
When most businesses begin to research how to set up employee testing, they usually encounter what's called a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver and are under the assumption they need to have one to start testing. But getting a CLIA waiver is often time-consuming and complicated, posing a major barrier to setting up workplace testing.
To create an easier path for businesses, the Consortium encourages the use of over-the-counter (OTC) tests because they do not require a CLIA waiver. The Consortium provides clear guidelines for OTC testing, so businesses have a simple yet effective solution for keeping employees safe.