Manchester news Rapid testing study could cut isolation for close contacts of positive cases Manchester united news
PremierLeague-News.Com - People participating in the study will be sent a week's worth of tests and will be allowed to go about their day without the need for self-isolation if they test negative
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A new study on rapid testing could cut the isolation requirement for people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Around 40,000 people will participate in a study to see whether daily rapid testing could allow people to avoid quarantine after coming into contact with the virus. Instead of the 10 days of self-isolation currently required, participants will be sent a week’s worth of tests and will be able to go about their lives as before if they test negative that day. Beginning on May 9, close contacts of people with Covid-19 will be contacted by phone and sent seven days of rapid tests if they wish to participate in the government-backed study. They will have to test themselves every morning for a week and will be exempt from the legal requirement to quarantine at home every day they test negative, as long as they do not exhibit symptoms. Lateral flow tests offer a result in 30 minutes (Image: Getty Images) Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “With around one in three people not showing any symptoms, regular testing is already playing a critical role in helping us reclaim our lost freedoms - quickly spotting positive cases, helping identify new variants and squashing any outbreaks. “At every stage of this global pandemic, the British public has stepped up and made huge sacrifices – including self-isolating when they are asked.
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He added: “Alongside the phenomenal progress of our vaccination rollout – with over 48 million vaccines administered so far – rapid testing is allowing us to get back to doing the things we all love.” Participants can only take part if they do not have Covid-19 symptoms. They also need to be above the age of 18 and not in full-time education.
Currently, anybody who has been notified through NHS Test and Trace as a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for 10 days
Professor Isabel Oliver, who is leading the study as Public Health England’s national infection service director, said the study will be key to informing how “the approach to testing might evolve”. “This study will help to determine whether we can deploy daily testing for contacts to potentially reduce the need for self-isolation, while still ensuring that chains of transmission are stopped,” she said. “Contacts of cases are at higher risk of infection so testing them is a very effective way of preventing further spread.”
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