The goal of the British government is achieved — 100 thousand tests for COVID-19 are conducted in the state per day. Only now no one knows what to do with this «success».
This was said by the professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia, Paul Hunter, commenting on the situation for “The Guardian”, referring to the statement of the Minister of Health Matt Hancock, who reported about 122 thousand tests carried out on April 30.
According to the professor, now in Britain there is a new problem associated with the inability to use the results of mass testing to combat the epidemic.
“Simply conducting analyzes in response to a request is inadequate. Instead, we should use each result to find cases, track those who were in contact with the person who received a positive result, and ensure that those infected or potentially infected are self-insulated. Only these four steps, used together, will prevent the second wave of the virus and protect vulnerable people”, — the expert explains.
At the same time, he emphasized that the implementation of such a strategy is not as simple as it seems. It requires the mobilization of thousands of workers to identify contacts and take analyzes.
“If testing is not accompanied by contact tracing and self-isolation, we run the risk of getting a major outbreak, as happened in South Korea with patient 31 and Sincheongji Church. This patient apparently continued to attend church, despite the symptoms, creating a group of more than 4.4 thousand people infected”, — Hunter continues.
The professor questioned the testing procedure itself. There is reason to believe that some of the test systems are not suitable for use. In particular, some nursing homes received tests even without packaging, and the staff of these institutions has no experience in conducting this kind of testing. As a result, there is no guarantee that a negative result is 100% correct, the expert states.