Results of home test kits for “revolutionary” coronaviruses may be “unreliable”


Results from 17.5 million government-ordered home screening kits for coronaviruses may not be reliable, scientists said.

The government had hoped that the finger prick test would be able to determine if someone already had Covid-19 disease and had promised that it would be available for purchase at Boots and on Amazon “in a few days “

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously played the tests, saying they had the potential to “make a difference” in the fight against the coronavirus in one of his daily briefings.

But it does not seem to be the case, with experts reporting that the tests have a “relatively low” success rate.

Scientists say tests may be successful only 50% of the time

Speaking to the Guardian, Dr. David Ho, a leading infectious disease specialist at Columbia University, said that in reality, the sensitivity of the tests was likely to detect only 50-60% of people with milder symptoms.

Professor Marion Koopmans, head of virology at the Erasmus university medical center in Rotterdam, whose laboratory assesses home test kits in the Netherlands, said: “So far, I do not know of any successful home tests our quality label. Based on what I’ve seen so far, I would hesitate to give you an immunity passport based on a rapid test result. ”

She added, “The sensitivity of these tests, I think, will be relatively low.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you were around 50% -60%. Even if they are not so expensive, why burn all these tests if this is the information you get? ”

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock also said on Sunday that the kits were not yet “good enough”.

Hancock told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One that plans to roll out the tests across the country were no longer immediate.

He said, “We get the test results every day, I was watching it last night.

“But we still don’t have enough good ones. “


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