They say it takes 3 to 5 days.
It seems to be the same in the UK and IMHO this type of testing is rubbish. If you get a "clear" result it just means you were free of the disease when the test was taken. You could have contracted it after leaving the test site and not be "clear" when the results come back.To my mind all this talk of "do more tests" is just hype and a waste of money. I guess it does help with what to write on the death certificate....R
The antibody tests, to show how many people have had the disease, are useful because they show if you are achieving herd immunity. For herd immunity you need at least 60% of the population to have had the disease, and really you want 90%+.
If somebody tests positive you can isolate them preventing that person infecting several others. It is one of the most effective ways of controlling any infectious disease.
To my mind all this talk of "do more tests" is just hype and a waste of money.
For example testing a careworker who needs to be in contact with vulnerable people provides no protection for the vulnerable people unless the test result is available immediately.
Frankly I suspect that all the people that are vulnerable to dying from this disease will eventually die from it - the only question is when. I know that is unfortunate - but that's nature red-in-tooth-and-claw. In the meantime everyone else is paying an enormous price so Governments can give the illusion that they are in control. It seems to be only the Swedish Government that had the courage to deal with the problem rationally....R
What do you do when the people who manage an industry, the older ones with enough experience to do the jobs are enough of them gone? How many years to fill those gaps?
I saw the Tweet about why masks are no good. Because the wearer could get COVID off the mask!
South Korea went in very heavily with testing, contact tracing and isolating right from the start. As a result their deaths are in the low hundreds and they have so far avoided a lockdown.If you look at simulations isolating infected people and their contacts dampens disease spread rapidly. Unfortunately the US and UK made a comple botch of testing and tracing and both are paying the price.It looked like the UK had implemented an effective lockdown but it now seems to be throwing that away.
South Korea went in very heavily with testing, contact tracing and isolating right from the start. As a result their deaths are in the low hundreds and they have so far avoided a lockdown.
To my mind that just means they have a huge population still available to be infected and those people will eventually be infected unless the restrictions remain for a very long time.I would much prefer to take my chances with this disease and see life get back to normal....R