Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski announced on Saturday that order plans to conduct screening tests in Podkarpacie, Silesia and Małopolska. Doctors are to use antigen tests that give the result just 15 minutes after the test.
We want to reach and do this research in regions that are most affected by the coronavirus
– said Adam Niedzielski on Saturday.
Screening Tests Not a Pandemic Cure?
Dr. Paweł Grzesiowski in an interview with Rmf fm he stated that testing in the southern regions of Poland, announced by the government, did not make much sense. According to the doctor, this is just “throwing money away on asymptomatic patients.”
As he emphasized, antigen tests give a reliable positive result, such as in molecular tests in symptomatic patients, between the 5th and 7th day diseases COVID-19. In this way, testing a large group of people with the antigen method will result in many negative results, despite the fact that these people will already be infected.
Another way of testing
According to Dr. Grzesiowski, the use of antigen tests makes sense if the test is carried out cyclically every 72 hours. Only then can you be sure that the test was not performed on the wrong day of illness. The doctor emphasized that such tests work better in a smaller group of people.
As RMF FM reports, details and a test plan in the southern regions of Poland are to be agreed next week. It is not yet known in what order the research will be carried out.