Even if you get a void result, experts advise against reusing lateral flow tests.
The rules surrounding Covid-19 tests will be relaxed starting January 11th, but experts are warning Brits not to re-use their lateral flow tests, even if the result is void.
It can be difficult to keep up with the recent changes in the rules surrounding lateral flow tests and PCR tests.
In order to ease demand for tests and critical worker shortages, the Covid-19 test rules in England will be relaxed beginning January 11th. Brits will no longer be required to confirm a positive result on a lateral flow test by taking a follow-up PCR test.
According to Birmingham Live, Rich Quelch of pharmaceutical firm Origin has issued advice on lateral flow tests, advising people not to re-use them.
According to the experts, lateral flow tests, which are not the same as PCR tests, should not be used again because the results will be inaccurate.
Despite the fact that there is a national shortage of the tests, Brits are discouraged from reusing them after receiving a negative result.
When there is one line next to T and none next to C, or no lines at all, the result is void.
This indicates that the test failed, but instead of running it again, you should create a new test.
“Take another LFD test using a new test kit – do not reuse anything from the first kit,” according to the NHS Inform website.
Experts on all things LFTs offered the following recommendations.
Regardless of whether your Covid test is positive or negative, it should all be discarded in the trash.
To begin, place all of the used items in the kit’s plastic pouch.
According to the government website, if you’re performing a home rapid lateral flow test, you should throw the used rapid lateral flow kit away in your trash can at home or at work.
Among the items in a used test kit are:
Some of the kit’s packaging, on the other hand, could be recycled.
Materials that can be recycled include:
Misinformation about lateral flow tests is rampant, according to health officials and medical experts.
There is no risk to your brain when conducting a test, despite the possibility of minor discomfort in your nasal passage.
Social media posts claim that the stick reaches back so far that it collects samples from the “blood brain barrier.”
The tests, according to a spokesperson for Public Health England, must collect samples from.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.