Good Morning The UK health editor has called for a uniform way of testing children in school.
Dr. Hilary Jones told presenters Ranvir Singh and Susanna Reid on Wednesday morning that there needs to be clarity when it comes to testing Covid when students return to class in England.
GMB’s medical professional and health editor discussed testing guidelines in schools at the Department of Education.
The current guideline is that if a lateral flow test is positive, a PCR test is also required. If the PCR pause results are negative, the pupil, and possibly the rest of the class, must self-isolate.
During the discussion, Ranvir said, “If the test comes back negative, you still need to self-isolate, and the class may need to self-isolate now, which seems a little counterintuitive to most people.”
Susanna said, “The situation at home is different. If the lateral flow test is positive and a subsequent PCR test is negative, the pupil is released from isolation.”
“The Department of Education says they are taking this approach because tests taken under supervision at school are less likely to be inaccurate.”
She added, “Dr. Hilary, I don’t think I’m the only one confused here.”
And Dr. Targeting government policies, Hilary said, “A lot of people will be confused here, and it doesn’t make much logical sense.”
“There has to be clarity, otherwise a lot of parents will say that I will not agree to these voluntary cross-flow tests at all because it is so confusing that there has to be consistency.”
Susanna said, “So you have problems with the Ministry of Education’s policy?”
Dr. Hilary replied, “Yes, I am.”
Frustrated parents have taken to Twitter to express their confusion over tests in schools.
Anita tweeted, “My boyfriend’s son got back to school really happy, then someone in his class tested positive. The abs now need to be isolated for 10 days. I’m so sorry for them.” (Sic)
@InthezoneUK said, “My god this seems pretty complicated.”
Sue tweeted: “This confuses parents and disrupts working hours, there is no clarity.”
Simon said, “Maybe more parenting guidance to get this right.”
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