The federal government is changing the course of who will be tested and who will not because of a global shortage of kits
The massive change that coronavirus testing is bringing: The federal government is limiting who will be tested amid a global shortage of kits
- Travelers abroad are no longer tested after Australia’s borders are closed
- Medical officer said an announcement about testing will be made this week
- There is currently a worldwide shortage of test kits – not everyone can be tested
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
The guidelines for testing COVID-19 will be amended this week to eliminate the overseas travel component as the coronavirus spreads.
“We will be removing the traveler component, but we are currently working on it,” Australian Deputy Chief Chef Paul Kelly told ABC’s Q&A program on Monday.
He said there will be announcements about the test changes this week.
The guidelines for testing COVID-19 will be amended this week to eliminate the overseas travel component as the coronavirus spreads
Australia’s Deputy Chief Surgeon Paul Kelly said the initial guidelines had been drawn up because the tests had to be used ‘where it’s likely to be positive’
He defended the first guidelines as people who showed no symptoms spread the virus, as more than half of the 1,886 cases in Australia came directly from foreign travelers.
“We need to test where it is likely to be positive. So far it has probably been in people who have returned from abroad, “he said.
There was also a worldwide shortage of test kits, which meant that health authorities had issued guidelines for who should be tested.
“ Typically, the guidelines for testing are about a travel component and the travel decreases, ” said Dr. Kelly.
He said the coronavirus is “much more contagious than the flu,” making social distance and isolation important to stop its spread.
“It does spread quickly and fairly short contact can actually spread it from person to person.”
About 140,000 Australians have been tested for the virus,
Seven people died.
So far, approximately 140,000 Australians have been tested for COVID-19 with 1,886 cases and seven deaths so far