A diagnosis is a compilation of clinical symptoms and testing adds further information to help doctors decide on the likelihood of a particular diagnosis. Because a covid case has been defined not by symptoms but by a positive test result this logic has been reversed.
Knowing how many people have had Covid will provide a benchmark for estimating how long Covid will be with us. Other factors such as the extent of prior immunity and the number of people who will be susceptible to future variants are also needed before attempting to predict the future course of the virus, but knowing how many have natural immunity (after infection) is an important first step.
What is the point of principles protecting the rights of the individual if they can be undermined at the slightest hint of a possible perceived harm, or a small risk of such a harm? What if the proposed solution creates greater harm, or just a series of different harms?
2 July 2021 – The answer is not more testing, but less — or ideally no — testing of school children. Not for nothing was Operation Moonshot described as a “misguided policy, unlikely to reduce transmission” in the British Medical Journal.
2 July 2021 – New aggressive testing and isolation guidelines mean that more and more healthy children are currently sitting at home, on their own, isolating. Schools, children and families are in turmoil.
By Dr Paul Cuddon Healthcare and Life Sciences and Dr Clare Craig Diagnostic Pathologist Are early warning signs from the UK’s ONS Infection Survey a missed opportunity in predicting outbreaks? Mass testing of a healthy population is another intervention explicitly not recommended in any pandemic planning for respiratory viral pathogens before 2020. HART’s view is […]