At least 43,000 individuals might have been wrongly given a destructive Covid check end result, the UK Well being Safety Company has stated, because it introduced the suspension of operations at a privately run lab in Wolverhampton.
The announcement comes after dozens of individuals reported receiving a destructive end result after utilizing a Covid PCR check, having received a constructive end result from their fast lateral circulate check, prompting scientists to name for an pressing investigation.
Three individuals focus on how they really feel in regards to the reliability of PCR exams.
‘Is the variety of instances really larger than they’re saying on the minute?’
On 21 September, my lateral circulate check end result confirmed up as constructive, so I instantly self-isolated and booked a walk-through PCR check. Whereas ready for the PCR outcomes, I did one other lateral circulate check, which was additionally constructive. I used to be actually confused as my lateral circulate exams continued to point out a constructive end result – all seven of them over a 10-day interval. Nonetheless, three PCR exams got here again destructive. I known as the test-and-trace quantity for recommendation after the second PCR end result got here again destructive and so they stated I didn’t have to self-isolate because the PCR exams have been the better-quality check.
Nonetheless, I made a decision I’d self-isolate for 10 days because it felt very dangerous to not achieve this. It did barely give me pause for thought as to how dependable PCR exams are, as they’re held up because the gold customary. It will be good to get extra info as to what occurred in Wolverhampton and the way it’s gone terribly fallacious. Are the variety of instances really larger than they’re telling us on the minute? We appear to simply be dwelling with the virus however not getting the total image of what’s happening. Jessica, 28, analysis administrator, Sheffield
‘I nonetheless don’t know if I’ve Covid or not’
We had gone away at the start of September and me, my associate, who’s a instructor, and my 11-year-old son have been all feeling terrible, me particularly. My first thought was I had Covid, so I did a lateral circulate check, which got here up constructive. The following day I did a PCR check, which got here again destructive. A number of days later my son was in a room with 5 different boys who all got here down with Covid, however when he did a PCR check it got here again destructive. Within the meantime, I began to really feel worse, so I did one other lateral circulate check adopted by a PCR check and the outcomes have been the identical – constructive then destructive.
I’ve my 84-year-old mom staying with me, so it’s very regarding. I’ve been cautious, like sporting a face masks, and I’m lucky in that I’m capable of work remotely, however I nonetheless don’t know if I’ve Covid or not. In mild of the state of affairs in Wolverhampton, it’s very worrying to know I might have been passing the virus on to others. It’s essential that we will belief these exams. If we don’t get this proper, then it means the pandemic will final so much longer and take us longer to get better. James Calderwood, 61, movie editor, Bristol
‘I’m left questioning if my different youngsters had Covid. I assume we’ll by no means know’
My husband, Tim, 52, developed a temperature on 7 October, so he went for a PCR check in Morden. He additionally took a lateral circulate check, which was constructive. The remainder of the family took PCRs, and on the following day all of ours got here again destructive, together with my husband’s. At this level, he had textbook Covid signs, and one other lateral circulate check was constructive. Two of our three youngsters had already had runny noses since 4 October, so we’d instantly eliminated them from faculty. My son was determined to go to a soccer event, and since his PCR was destructive, it wouldn’t have been towards faculty guidelines. However I stated he might solely go if he did a lateral circulate check – which was constructive. I made a decision to maintain all my youngsters dwelling and all of us self-isolated.
I noticed on Twitter that there was a problem with false negatives, so I known as the UK Well being Safety Company to say we have been experiencing the identical. They instructed me they have been conscious of the difficulty, however there was no system in place to report instances the place this can be taking place. I imagine PCRs have been very efficient throughout the pandemic, however I’m involved by what went fallacious on the Wolverhampton lab. My husband and son’s Covid infections have been picked up by a second PCR check on 8 October. I’m left questioning if my different youngsters’s runny noses have been the truth is Covid, however I assume we’ll by no means know. Lisa Harris, 39, antenatal instructor, Wimbledon