COVID conversations were held last night, the broadcast is below. Dr. Tufton continued to redirect public focus to longer term issues to deal with ‘living with COVID19’:
Changes in COVID testing are coming from October, with addition of antigen tests, which are faster and able to be more widely distributed and will reduce demand on PCR tests. They will only be used on symptomatic cases. Results should be ready within 30 minutes:
Delays in approving these tests reflected waiting for consent of WHO/PAHO.
Changed protocols for workplaces are being drafted, and input and feedback from institutions will be sought.
The minister stressed again that people must understand that this phase of community transmission really means ‘everyone counts’; all must comply across all protocols.
The clinicians shared various charts on infection characteristics including the impact of comorbidities and sex and age of those who’ve died: