Uk News Daily testing trial could end self-isolation rules for people exposed to Covid-19 United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The study aims to find out if the need for people to isolate can be replaced by taking a test every day instead
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Self-isolation requirements for people exposed to Covid-19 could be relaxed as a result of a major new study utilising rapid testing.Daily lateral flow tests will be given to as many as 40,000 people who have had contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus as a part of Government-backed research announced on Sunday.Instead of the 10 days of quarantine currently required, the participants will be sent a week’s worth of tests and will be able to go about their lives as before, as long as they take a test each morning and the results are negative.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The study could provide evidence to help reduce the length of time people need to self-isolate if they are a contact of a positive coronavirus case (Photo: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images) Currently anyone 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. The study, being led by the UK Health Security Agency across England from May 9, aims to find out if the need for people to isolate can be replaced by taking a test every day instead, helping open up the economy.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “This new pilot could help shift the dial in our favour by offering a viable alternative to self-isolation for people who are contacts of positive Covid-19 cases, and one that would allow people to carry on going to work and living their lives.”Beginning on 9 May anyone identified as a close contact of a positive Covid case by NHS Test and Trace will be contacted by phone and sent seven days of rapid tests if they wish to participate in the study. Participants must not have any symptoms, be over 18 and not in full-time education.
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.The study will randomly split participants into two groups, with the first given one PCR test and asked to self-isolate for the full 10-day period. The second group will be given two PCR tests and the seven daily lateral flow tests.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”. She said: “We know that isolating when you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 is challenging but it remains vitally important to stop the spread of infection. 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.A document for the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) released on Friday detailed an earlier pilot of 1,370 close contacts using testing as an alternative to isolation.Running between December and January, the uptake of daily testing was 62 per cent, but the group found that this was lower among people from ethnic minority groups.“Overall, our data suggested that daily testing has the potential to be a feasible and acceptable alternative to self-isolation,” the researchers said.Additional reporting by Press Association
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