We want to be negative, these days

We all noticed the drive-thru tents that started popping up at the harbor arena designed to alleviate the traffic in Noord.

The HQ for the Covid19 drive-through testing by a private lab in Noord, was moving to the free zone.

The lab in Noord was very busy that week, at their regular location, testing around 4,000 people give or take in four days, and got backed up.

We understand the MinPres aborted the drive-through operation, according to Noticia Cla; they were overwhelmed, they did not comply with the 24 hour turn-around and worse, their results were inaccurate, perhaps buying test kits in Costa Rica, or Puerto Rico, instead of Germany, South Kores or France, a different between $9 to 50 euro a kit.

Lots of people were retested at HOH and got a different outcome.

While it is true that aggressive testing helps isolate cases so they do not move around and infect others, Aruba decided on a more controlled strategy of testing following triage, which includes the appearance of symptoms, a call to the house doctor, a clinic appointment, DVG test, and strict quarantine while waiting for results. “Tests are intended to be a tool used by physicians to confirm their analysis of a patient’s symptoms. If you have symptoms, call your house doctor or 280-01010. Triage will determine if a test is needed,” said the MinPres.

In the case of the clinic in Noord, it was a free for all, everyone could test, in contradiction to the agreed protocol.

But why, I asked, such confusion, why the negative-positives, and the positive-negatives?

Human error, I was told. Perhaps the swabs were mixed up, the work requires great focus, and tends to produce up to 30% errors under pressure.

I listened to MinHealth last night on TV, he clearly said that the Dutch Authorities asked for additional PCR testing options and that is why the Noord lab started a lucrative business, while the others did not. How come only one lab geared up?

It’s a legitimate question, what happened in the process of getting ready for mass testing, that prevented all other labs from launching.

It takes time to order and ship machines and testing materials.

Lack of information, I was told. The labs did not receive the memo, they were all told HOH is in charge, and when the videos of the long lines in Noord started popping up, they were incredibly surprised.

Why one, and not the others?

The MinHealth also failed to take partial blame for the youths in night-club, because warning bells went off 2 weeks prior to the fist infection. He should have cracked down then.   

About the tests:

Rapid test: A quick scan. The positive is reliable, but the negative might be false. A light bean analyzes the sample within 10 to 15 minutes.

PCR, Polymerise Chain Reaction test: This is the most standard, you may be tested 2 days after suspected exposure with results generated by a machine within two hours. It is very labor intensive, and errors may occur anytime between sampling and analysis.

Antibody testing: This may be taken 5 to 10 days after the suspected infection, not before. The Serologic test identifies IGA and IGM antibodies. It will tell you who WAS infected, and perhaps immune now, not who is sick now.  The test can also measures IGG, older antibodies, these are still found months after the disease is gone, and indicate one had it. This a blood test, not a swab.

“If there’s a high enough level of people in the population who have immunity, they will then perhaps stop this virus from circulating within the population, which is known as herd immunity,” I was told, but that is not happening immediately.

Both PCR and the Serologic test are the dominant ways that global healthcare systems are testing citizens for Covid-19.

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August 11, 2020
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