So what are these rapid tests?

(22 Posts)
Crunchymum Sat 31-Oct-20 19:43:47

Or is this another Boris pipe dream?

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tommika Sat 31-Oct-20 19:50:12

Crunchymum Sat 31-Oct-20 19:51:40

£5 a test, ready for Christmas?

That's not quite what BJ said?

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HeronLanyon Sat 31-Oct-20 19:51:46

Yes I started listening when the army was mentioned and ‘whole cities’ !! It did sound as if he was going off script - trumpesque - but maybe we’ll have details soins ???

tobee Sat 31-Oct-20 19:53:28

He's been promising the moon time and again since March. And doesn't deliver. Or even close.

MushMonster Sat 31-Oct-20 19:53:47

thanks for the link! I do want to know about this, this could change quite a bit on the track and trace, and on people isolating without symptoms due to contact.
I want one!

LizzieSiddal Sat 31-Oct-20 19:55:25

China have used tests like this last month. They tested a whole city brocade several cases had been found. I suppose they are the same tests. If true they will be a game changer.


tobee Sat 31-Oct-20 19:59:32

Can they please be true this time though?

MushMonster Sat 31-Oct-20 20:01:16

Yes indeed! this could save a lot of people isolating without need and find asymptomatic cases. We will start having the upper hand on this damn virus!

MushMonster Sat 31-Oct-20 20:02:45

Let's hope so. The article mentions production in UK, which will help indeed. Each country should be able to produce their own tests, PPE, and so on....
Otherwise, we all get stuck waiting for the same providers..............

ohthegoats Sat 31-Oct-20 20:03:44

Instead of 'what' are they, it should be 'where' are they.

Rapid test.
Testing every day for NHS, carers, school staff etc.
Paid to isolate.

It's the only way.

olderthanyouthink Sat 31-Oct-20 20:04:18

But that means that we're relying on people who test positive reporting themselves as positive, for statistics and test & trace. Not sure I trust everyone to do that.

CoffeeandCroissant Sat 31-Oct-20 20:08:51

I assume he was talking about the LAMP assay tests like the one currently being trialled at Heathrow:

MushMonster Sat 31-Oct-20 20:11:02

work places and schools can test, if there is any issue with individuals giving the correct test result. Same for travel.

lljkk Sat 31-Oct-20 22:18:27

There are many threads on Twitter about how accurate the rapid tests are (or rather, are not). They are blamed for the White House outbreak. Reliability must be improving all the time, though.

BunsyGirl Sat 31-Oct-20 22:36:24

My DC’s (private) school already has a rapid test machine. It may be something similar but, if it’s not, the school wasted £35k. hmm

TisTheSeasonToBe Sat 31-Oct-20 22:37:53

Rapid tests -- 65% accuracy.............

Pretty useless!!

ForBlueSkies Sat 31-Oct-20 22:48:29

I’m really not comfortable with the army coming to my door and forcing me to take a test. I’m avoiding contact at the moment and it feels like a great way for them to spread the damn thing.

tobee Sun 01-Nov-20 01:23:17

I think there are a fair few rapid tests though. Probably with different levels of accuracy. And I'm sure people are improving the accuracy and developing more types

Crunchymum Sun 01-Nov-20 17:08:30

How was BJ able to say that these tests would be rolled out "in the coming days" when there seems to be no actual tests to roll out?

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Cornishmumofone Sun 01-Nov-20 17:31:55

I would imagine that it may be possible to get results from existing saliva COVID testing more quickly if more resources are thrown at it:

EasterIssland Sun 01-Nov-20 17:38:42

Boots are selling them or will be selling them as well

I’m Spanish and my Spanish friends have heard they’ve been used in some places already.

Their reliability is good the first 5 days of the virus so should help a quicker t&t

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