– I thought: is it really possible for this to happen? I followed the current advice, and stuck with them, says health worker Linda Wake-Longblad.
A few weeks ago, a midwife and research fellow at the University of Southeast Norway, Linda Wick-Longblad, caught a mild cold. So she went to her local test station in Tonsberg to test herself.
– I was asked if I wanted to do a PCR test and a rapid test. I thought it was cool, because I got an answer right away, explains Nettavisen.
Ljungblad says she then took the rapid test and it turned out to be negative.
– That was really what I expected. She says I felt healthy.
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Tested Negative – Went to a big event
She then asked those who worked at the testing station if a negative test would allow her to go to a local event she was scheduled to attend. “Yes, that’s the point of the whole quick test,” Leungblad replied.
– I came to the local assembly. There were more than 100 people in attendance. I used a bandage due to an infection that was escalating at the time, but I had no symptoms and felt healthy, she said.
27 hours after Ljungblad visited the testing station and tested for corona with a PCR test, the answer came.
– Then a nice lady from the infection tracer called and said, “You have a positive coronary test.” Then I was told that I must be quarantined and isolate myself, she says and continues:
Then I calmed down and a thousand thoughts came into my head. I had a negative the day before, how could I end up as a health professional in such a station? Leungblad says I’m exposing my loved ones and those I work with to infection.
– Do I have to understand?
She says those thoughts frustrated her.
– I thought: is it really possible for this to happen? I followed the current advice, and stuck to it, she says and continues:
– I was frustrated because the first corona test was negative, then the second was positive. I decided to write a column about it because I think there are many people out there who have felt the same way I do, says Ljungblad.
records”No thanks for the quick testWritten by Ljungblad, printed in Dagsavisen on Wednesday.
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She says she doesn’t have an easy fix for how to fix this, but when a rapid test turns out to be negative when you’re already positive, it should lead to a lot of infection throughout the community.
– I think it leads to insecurity in society. I want to highlight the challenges that rapid testing brings with them, she says, while at the same time commending health authorities, who say they have faced difficult choices and assessments throughout the pandemic.
“For me, it’s hard to imagine that one should reduce the number of infections, when so many with a false-negative rapid test result roam the community,” she says.
A few weeks ago, Ljungblad tested herself outside of quarantine, and during the period she tested positive, she felt healthy the whole time.
The sensitivity of the rapid test is lower
Per Christian Aufaim is the chief municipal physician in Tonsberg. Tell NRK that quick tests are useful even if they show errors.
When you have a negative rapid test, we are sure that you will not be contagious for the next 12-16 hours. The PCR test is also done because the sensitivity of the rapid test is known to be lower. Turns out the rapid test comes a day after the PCR test, the mayor tells the channel.
– We can quickly find those infected who are a little advanced in this process with rapid testing, so they are isolated and begin to trace the infection. We are tested faster by rapid tests, but we have to give up something, and that is the integrity of the test. Opheim tells NRK that the rapid test is not safe.
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