Public health officials have updated their critique of off-the-shelf rapid antigen testing, claiming it will protect people from Govt-19.
“These antigen tests will not keep you safe,” National Public Health Emergency Response Team (Nphet) official Professor Philip Nolan said in a Twitter post on Sunday.
Professor Nolan responded by upgrading to retailer Little’s tests, which began selling for $ 24.99 in five packs.
The supermarket chain’s initiative was criticized on Friday by Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, who said Enfet was “genuinely concerned” about the use of such tools in uncontrolled situations.
“Anyone can go into the supermarket and buy a pound of sausage and charcoal for a BBQ, as well as a test. It represents a real risk,” says Dr. Holohan.
Can I have some snake oil with it? This makes a great salad garnish with a pinch of salt and something. Be safe when socializing outside for the next few weeks. Small numbers, distance, masks. These antigen tests will not keep you safe. https://t.co/CsoTNrpfye
– Professor Philip Nolan (resPresident_MU)
May 8, 2021
This prompted Little to tweet: “Weekend Super Savers! Take one pound of sausage, charcoal for BBQ and antigen tests for € 31 ”
The retailer acknowledged that this was a joke, but said it had added antigen tests to its range to “add extra level of reassurance” to customers when following public health advice.
However, Littlelin’s tweet prompted Professor Nolan’s response: “Can I have some snake oil with it?” This makes a great salad garnish with a pinch of salt and something. Be safe when socializing outside for the next few weeks. Small numbers, distance, masks. These antigen tests will not keep you safe. ”
The Xiamen Potion Biotech Co., Rapid SARS-Covy-2 antigen test card sold by Lial was one of 16 antigen tests approved for use in the EU in February. It claims to have 93.8 percent sensitivity (true positive) and 100 percent individuality (true negativity).
Antigen testing has divided the scientific world, and Enfet and many other national organizations are skeptical about its role in controlling the spread of infections, especially when infection rates are low and asymptomatic.
Other experts, in Ireland and other countries, have argued that mass, repeated antigen testing should play a greater role in quickly identifying cases.
In Ireland, where the official use of antigen testing is low, positive results are confirmed using standard PCR testing.
With antigen tests purchased at retail, consumers clear their noses, while PCR testing is performed by a health professional.