The new Covid testing rules have some ‘drawbacks,’ according to Dr. Amir.
On ITV’s Lorraine, Dr Amir discussed “the drawbacks” of the updated guidance on Covid testing.
After a positive lateral flow test, PCR tests are no longer required, according to a recent announcement.
Is there, however, a price to pay for this?
People who test positive for Covid on a lateral flow test and are asymptomatic will no longer require a PCR test confirmation, according to the new rules.
This new guidance will take effect in England on January 11th.
However, as Dr. Amir points out, this could make it more difficult to find new variants.
“People who test positive on a lateral flow test but have no symptoms don’t need to order a PCR test; their period of isolation begins at the time of the positive lateral flow test,” Dr Amir explained.
“How specific it is will depend on who is doing it.”
“However, if they do test positive on lateral flow tests, they are extremely adept at detecting [the virus].”
So, yes, that is correct.”
“The concept is that you don’t have to wait for a PCR test; your period of isolation begins immediately.”
“Hopefully, it will make it easier for people to return to work,” he added.
The doctor cautioned that the new rules have “some drawbacks.”
The reliance on people to self-report their results and the difficulty in identifying new variants are two potential drawbacks of this Covid testing update.
“You must report if you test positive on the lateral flow test.”
As a result, we rely on people to report it themselves.
“And people who are self-employed or have low-paying jobs and do not receive sick pay may choose not to self-isolate because they do not have financial support.”
It may also be more difficult to find new coronavirus variants.
“It’s critical for us to genome sequence PCR tests in order to pick up new variants.”
“As a result, that will be cut as well.”
The so-called “IHU” variant and Flurona are two of the most recent strains to emerge across the globe.
Flurona was discovered in Israel, while the “IHU” variant was identified by scientists in France.
Although little is known about both of these variants at the moment, local authorities have shared what they have learned so far.
As viruses mutate over time, new strains can emerge on a weekly basis.
However, not all new variants are designated as “Variants of Concern” by the World Health Organization.
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