Testing for Covid-19 only in people with comorbidities that are older than 55.

Gordon_R

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Full story on News24:
Those who are younger than 55, but have a comorbidity, like diabetes, are still considered a higher risk, Cloete said.

Those younger than 55 who have flu-like symptoms, but do not have a comorbidity, can still get screened, but do not need to be tested.

"If you're younger than 55 and you have symptoms, assume you have Covid-19... After 14 days, you'll be fine... There's no purpose in getting a test," he told the broadcaster.
Those who still want to get a test from a private facility could still try, but the capacity of the testing all-round was under strain, and so they were working with the private sector with regards to this, Cloete said.

"The main reason is that, where we find ourselves, our focus turns toward people who are vulnerable. We want to reduce mortality and morbidity, and reduce the risk," he told the broadcaster.
 

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And the irony is that they are going to increase the mortality and morbidity (as measured...)

Now this is testing, if anyone can bring themselves to believe it: all 10 million in Wuhan tested and 300 asymptomatic cases found.
 

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And the irony is that they are going to increase the mortality and morbidity (as measured...)
Its not really irony, more like triage: They can't test everyone, and they can't stop all transmission, but they can focus on the most high risk situations in healthcare, and minimise the number of staff who have to go into quarantine just at the peak of the epidemic. If you are personally at risk, don't rely on testing, but rather self-isolate.
 

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Raise the issue of why did this whole process have to enfold before returning to what has always made sense:

Isolate/quarantine and treat the sick, protect the vulnerable and infirm, let the rest build up natural immunity.
 

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Its not really irony, more like triage: They can't test everyone, and they can't stop all transmission, but they can focus on the most high risk situations in healthcare, and minimise the number of staff who have to go into quarantine just at the peak of the epidemic. If you are personally at risk, don't rely on testing, but rather self-isolate.
Whoops - I think I may have been too subtle....
I meant that by testing only the most at risk the statistics ("as measured") of mortality are going to be biased unless there is very careful interpretation of the data.
I didn't mean that there would be an actual increase in the number of deaths as a direct result of the testing policy, although that is a possibility.
 

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CPT must be taking strain if they can only handle testing over 55s (which make up only 11-12% of the population).
 

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Serious question what the point? Just to track the number of deaths caused by covid or does the treatment plan change if you do have covid?
 

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CPT must be taking strain if they can only handle testing over 55s (which make up only 11-12% of the population).
Shortage of kits and getting rid of a backlog. Available kits diverted somewhere else?
 

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Serious question what the point? Just to track the number of deaths caused by covid or does the treatment plan change if you do have covid?
Yes if it is just to tick a box on a dashboard then why bother? If the test guides treatment then it makes sense.
 

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CPT must be taking strain if they can only handle testing over 55s (which make up only 11-12% of the population).
Possibly also to ease the backlog of testing / results at NHLS, and focus testing on vulnerable.
 

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This is sure gonna mess up the amateur analysts' figures and results!
Can still go to a dischem to get a test but either way, don't be mistaken and think the results aren't already messed. I'm highly speculative on the accuracy of the tests from personal experience.
 
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