Some coronavirus positive people may not be as contagious as thought, experts say

Experts have expressed concern about the testing system established in the United States to detect the coronavirus. Most people who have ...

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  • Experts have expressed concern about the testing system established in the United States to detect the coronavirus.
  • Most people who have been tested may be carrying relatively insignificant amounts of the virus.
  • They recommend is to increase the number of rapid tests, even if they are less effective.

Public health experts from the United States have expressed concern about the testing system established in the country to detect positives for coronavirus, it reported The New York Times.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who have been tested may be carrying relatively insignificant amounts of the virus, thus making them less contagious.

According to experts, identifying this group of people can contribute to increasing the volume of tests that prevent those most contagious cases from being diagnosed in time.

However, experts say the solution is not to do less tests, or to avoid testing asymptomatic people. What they recommend is increasing the number of rapid tests, even if they are less effective.

The President’s Administration Donald trump The company announced 150 million rapid tests on Thursday, which could be a step in this direction.

These rapid tests can detect positive cases of coronavirus in 15 minutes and will sell for just $ 5.

The test could be used in point-of-care settings, such as a doctor’s office, emergency rooms, and possibly some schools.

Worldwide, the PCR test is the most widely used system to detect cases of coronavirus. It provides a simple answer, yes or no, to the question of whether a patient is infected.

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Some coronavirus positives may not be as contagious, experts say. Photo: Agencies

However, experts say that a “yes and no” answer is not enough to control the coronavirus pandemic. PCR tests for other viruses offer some idea of ​​how contagious an infected patient can be by including a rough estimate of the amount of virus in the patient’s body.

“I think it’s really irresponsible to give up the recognition that this is a quantitative issue,” Dr. Michael Mina told The New York Times.

The U.S. government and Congress are poised to discuss an aid package for the economy battered by the coronavirus crisis, but prospects for a quick fix look bleak as President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers have failed to reach an agreement .

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the chief of staff of the presidency Mark Meadows were preparing to resume negotiations.

Their virtual meeting scheduled for the next few hours would be the first attempt since the failure of the negotiations at the beginning of the month. Meanwhile, applications for unemployment insurance reached one million on Thursday and households are struggling to cope with the situation.

Last week, US health authorities sparked a wave of confusion after publishing new guidelines on when to test for coronavirus, stating that they are not necessary for those who have been in close contact with infected people.

The new guide was posted earlier this week on the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal agency.

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Previously, the CDC had advised local health departments to test people who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes, but a page of the CDC where a general description of the tests is offered, to say now that it is no longer recommended to be tested for people without symptoms who have been in close contact with people with the virus.

However, a caveat was made: the test may be recommended for those with health problems that make them more prone to serious illness from infection, or if your doctor or state or local officials advise you to do the test.

CDC officials referred all questions to the agency’s parent organization, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. That seemed to indicate that HHS ordered the change, not the CDC. said Jennifer Nuzzo, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins University.

After the change was aired on Twitter, sparking doubt and alarm, HHS officials sent an email Wednesday explaining that the guideline was revised “to reflect current evidence and the best way for authorities to care for public health.” , but did not detail what the new evidence was.

With information from AP

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