Coronavirus.

SketchyMagpie

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Some friends were told by the (different) people who administered their jabs that the LFT tests only work if you're asymptomatic and they don't work if you have symptoms. Is that right? o.O I know you're supposed to get a PCR test to confirm a positive but I was under the impression you could use LFT tests if you had symptoms, first. I've asked this question on Twitter before and gotten contradictory responses.

Given the main symptoms of delta are a headache and runny nose, you'd be getting a PCR every week.
 

staffordjas

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Some friends were told by the (different) people who administered their jabs that the LFT tests only work if you're asymptomatic and they don't work if you have symptoms. Is that right?
Wrong! When son and other work colleagues HAD symptoms , their Lat Flow tests showed positive. They then each went on to have PCR tests straight away which were also positive.

So they do work if you have symptoms.
 

littleme

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The lovely ambulance ladies that whisked me off to hospital told me that most lft come back as a false negative, and so did pcr tests that are don't by patients themselves... (this was back in late May though, when everyone was convinced I was posative, for months, and after them telling me that I made sure every pcr test I had done was done by a the responsible adult doing them at the time, and not me!, I must have had over 20 pcr tests, you can imagine how many lateral flows I did!)
 

Cue

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Some friends were told by the (different) people who administered their jabs that the LFT tests only work if you're asymptomatic and they don't work if you have symptoms. Is that right? o.O I know you're supposed to get a PCR test to confirm a positive but I was under the impression you could use LFT tests if you had symptoms, first. I've asked this question on Twitter before and gotten contradictory responses.

Given the main symptoms of delta are a headache and runny nose, you'd be getting a PCR every week.

This has been going round a lot, I think it stems from the fact that the government advice is that LFTs are only for asymptomatic people, those with symptoms should get a PCR

That’s not because LFTs don’t work on symptomatic folk, it’s because they don’t want asymptomatic people clogging up the PCR queue and likewise want symptomatic people to get the more reliable test to confirm their infection. It’s been confused with LFTs actually being useless for symptomatic people now
 

tek-monkey

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My OHs dad told her that in Latvia they had people going door to door trying to pressure people into not having the vaccine. Luckily her dad wasn't stupid, they delayed a bit but still had it. Many other family members have resisted and several are now testing positive.

This is my main concern about the anti vaxxers, I don't care if they die but why are they trying to convince others? Its no longer about 'my body, my choice', it's akin to the Jehovas Witnesses trying to convince people not to have blood transfusions.
 

SketchyMagpie

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It coming from health professionals rather than social media is what made it persuasive for some but glad to have that cleared up.

Meanwhile, at least 43,000 people may have received false negative PCR test results in the last month: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...ovid-tests-after-false-negatives-in-berkshire
It appears that the private lab which wrongly gave out those 43,000 negative PCR results was 'Immensa', a company with no experience of PCR testing who were awarded a £119 million contract after only being in existence for 4 months.

 
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