The trouble is i feel they are expecting too much from laymen to understand the difference between why they are using an LFT and then why they have to send it for a PCR.
from the article.
Prof Michael Mina, from Harvard School of Public Health, also part of the research team, said the LFTs could “catch nearly everyone who is currently a serious risk to public health” when viral loads are at their peak.
“It is most likely that if someone’s LFT is negative but their PCR is positive, then this is because they are not at peak transmissible stage,” he said.
OK so let me get this right. If i have a negative LFT it doesnt mean i am negative just not at the peak of transmissible stage?
However, we are asked to do the LFT just to see if virus is present when we feel well, so would it mean we would have to do the test nearly every other day just in case?
I am not a laboratory assistant, and do the best I can to help the situation. But if i get a negative result it doesnt mean i havent got Covid then does it… so by the time the PCR is done it could be the difference of say 2 days and that is why they coming back positive, so that is why the say you must have a PCR test to confirm. BUT you dont have to do a PCR if you have a negative LFT test.
Its enough to give you headache lol.