Singapore’s response to the coronavirus has been held up by many around the world as a model. As of this week, the countryhas had 266 total cases(with zero deaths), and its infection rate is much slower than the rest of the world.
The first thing that helped with its response was it was ready before the outbreak even occurred because of theSARS outbreakof 2002-03.
In the years since, isolation hospitals were built, more negative pressure rooms were created and legislation was put in place.
It's time for authorities to recognise that RAT's (rapid antigen tests, also called lateral flow tests) are very useful and should be made readily available in Australia.
RAT's are taken in a similar way to PCR tests, but use technology more akin to pregnancy tests. They are much cheaper and faster.Millions of RAT's were rolled out to households across the UK mid year so that people could take swabs and test themselves at home. The “rapid testing” method allows people to find out whether they are asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19 and can yield results within 30 minutes.
Advertising in the UK shows how RAT's are used in conjunction with PCR tests.
PA Hospital lung cancer researcher Dr Arutha Kulasinghe has collaborated with local and overseas researchers to identify a genetic marker called IFI27 in the lung tissue and blood of people with Covid-19 which can be used to identify how severe the virus is likely to be in Covid-19 patients and signal whether they need to be hospitalised or are able to quarantine at home. Sydney-based company SpeeDx are now developing a blood test that could be used by an infected person, early on in their symptoms, as a guide to how bad their infection will be. | https://www.pafoundation.org.au/news/36/covid-19-studies-advanced-thanks-to-cancer-research