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    Mass Testing

    Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 14:42:19

    We were talking about it earlier below. Sounds like it could just be round the corner, it really could make a massive difference . . . fingers crossed that the things work!

      Re: Mass Testing

      Posted by Scathing hatter on 25/3/2020, 17:09:45, in reply to "Mass Testing"

      Sounds like good news hopefully but I do wonder how it will affect the Government's strategy for containment though? Presumably if you take the test and then discover you have already had it but have recovered then you no longer need to social distance (they are saying if you've recovered from it you will then be immune/unable to transmit it). But if people are buying a kit at pharmacist to self test how will the authorities be able to tell bonafide recovered people from people who will claim they've recovered but are lying because they want to get back to work/or whatever else they can't do because of lockdown. I imagine on the flipside there may also be people who will prefer to stay on lockdown and take 80% pay even if they know they've recovered and can actually return. I'll be interested to know how the Government plans to deal with both these scenarios?

        Re: Mass Testing

        Posted by Scathing hatter on 25/3/2020, 17:11:58, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

        And also would it mean if you take the test and discover you haven't had it yet that you must continue to social sistance/lockdown until a vaccine is available and that then you'd need to take the vaccine in order to come out of lockdown?

          Re: Mass Testing

          Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 17:53:07, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

          Good questions all.

          If I were them I'd focus on the positive, perhaps anyone given immunity could be re-tested by a government approved agency and issued with documentation and allowed out to contribute fully.

          The pathetic slackers would just have to be rounded up at the end, that kind of slime is probably best left isolated anyway.

          But we are getting ahead of ourselves . . . let's just hope the testing is a success!

            Re: Mass Testing

            Posted by Scathing hatter on 25/3/2020, 18:33:54, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

            I watched the tail end of the latest Government press conference today and it seems there are 2 tests they've got. 1 to test if you had it already and another 1 to test if you currently have it. They need to check their accuracy first before rolling them out. Then if they do work they'll be used initially to understand how the virus is working presumably so they can strategise how best to proceed against it. Once all that has been sorted then i guess they'll look at the things i mentioned, but right now there are more urgent priorities. It sounds like they're hoping to be able to work out calculated risks that will be manageable rather than blanket responses just in case.

              Re: Mass Testing

              Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 20:11:43, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

              Yes, it could spread a lot of light because at this stage everyone is still a bit in the dark.

              If it works then this mass testing could give a great indication over the coming weeks of when this might all end.

        Re: Mass Testing

        Posted by Realist on 25/3/2020, 15:46:04, in reply to "Mass Testing"

        A bit late don't you think ?

          Re: Mass Testing

          Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 17:48:05, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

          Well yes but in terms of news about this situation it is potentially game changing.

          Re: Mass Testing

          Posted by Morph on 25/3/2020, 14:57:35, in reply to "Mass Testing"

          God I bloody hope so, won't fix everything but at least it will provide some glimmer of hope

            Re: Mass Testing

            Posted by C on 25/3/2020, 14:50:04, in reply to "Mass Testing"

            5,000 random people without symptoms were tested 48 hours ago, result was 1% were positive.

              Re: Mass Testing

              Posted by Peter Griffin on 25/3/2020, 14:52:33, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

              But what MG was talking about the current test DOESN'T show as positive if the person had already had covid-19, the new one MG was talking about will.

                Re: Mass Testing

                Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 16:06:16, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                That's the key.

                It's probably asking too much but if it did show a high proportion of the population had already had it it's a really positive sign.

                Not enough to end lockdown now but offers hope of a quicker resolution.

                  Re: Mass Testing

                  Posted by Exile on 25/3/2020, 15:13:37, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                  I think itíll do both - test for existing infection and anti-bodies from any previous infection.

                    Re: Mass Testing

                    Posted by bbb on 25/3/2020, 15:41:35, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                    That would be superb. But too good to be true.

                      Re: Mass Testing

                      Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 16:04:47, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                      That's what they are claiming.

                      Subject to testing . . .

                        Re: Mass Testing

                        Posted by bbb on 25/3/2020, 16:29:12, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                        Lets keep everything crossed then mate.

                          Re: Mass Testing

                          Posted by Mahatma Gander on 25/3/2020, 17:49:33, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                          Most Definitely!

                Re: Mass Testing

                Posted by J block on 25/3/2020, 14:44:38, in reply to "Mass Testing"

                Sounds good

                  Re: Mass Testing

                  Posted by J Block on 25/3/2020, 17:28:10, in reply to "Re: Mass Testing"

                  poor effort

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