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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Apr 1st, 2020 at 03:03:01 PM EST
But as pointed out this morning, the priority NHS tests amount to 2000 out of a suggested requirement of at least 500,000, perhaps nearer 1 million for all staff.

UK is stuggling to achieve 10,000 tests per day consistently. Even if they could achieve that and all were devoted to NHS, it will be mid May before they test (500k) NHS staff. During that time they probably need to start again.

UK Government is pinning its hopes on an Antibody test that shows who has had the infection but not sufficiently badly to require hospitalisation which is the only place currently testing. The aim is to determine who already may have immunity and can return to work.

I have not seen any reference that such a test exists and has been validated as effective and reliable nor that it is been produced in the quantities required. Several behavourial experts have warned that making such a test generally available will open the door to widespread abuse by a public eager to escape confinement.

I foresee we may be heading for a USA sized disaster by relying on pseudo science and future technologies.

Sounds familiar?

by oldremainmer48 on Thu Apr 2nd, 2020 at 09:31:17 AM EST
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