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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:02 pm 
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What I don't get is this thing about a false positive. Surely if a student gets a positive test from the rapid test the easiest thing would be to immediately give them another rapid test. if that comes back positive they it would be fair to assume they are positive but if it comes back negative then it would be fair to assume that the first test was a false positive. Or am i being to simplistic?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:20 pm 
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What I don't get is this thing about a false positive. Surely if a student gets a positive test from the rapid test the easiest thing would be to immediately give them another rapid test. if that comes back positive they it would be fair to assume they are positive but if it comes back negative then it would be fair to assume that the first test was a false positive. Or am i being to simplistic?

You know the old saying "The best of three."


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 9:13 pm 
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What I don't get is this thing about a false positive. Surely if a student gets a positive test from the rapid test the easiest thing would be to immediately give them another rapid test. if that comes back positive they it would be fair to assume they are positive but if it comes back negative then it would be fair to assume that the first test was a false positive. Or am i being to simplistic?

The students are getting lateral flow test which aren't as accurate as the PCR tests, although a lot quicker to result (15 minutes).

So if they fail one of those it's best to get them out of the establishment and get them tested at a proper testing location with the more accurate PCR test. To me it makes utmost sense.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:21 am 
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grandad wrote:
What I don't get is this thing about a false positive. Surely if a student gets a positive test from the rapid test the easiest thing would be to immediately give them another rapid test. if that comes back positive they it would be fair to assume they are positive but if it comes back negative then it would be fair to assume that the first test was a false positive. Or am i being to simplistic?

The students are getting lateral flow test which aren't as accurate as the PCR tests, although a lot quicker to result (15 minutes).

So if they fail one of those it's best to get them out of the establishment and get them tested at a proper testing location with the more accurate PCR test. To me it makes utmost sense.

it is not just the one student that has to go though. The whole class has to go as well and isolate for 10 days when the test could have been a false positive. I appreciate the need to take these precautions but for the sake of another quick test it could save many children and their parents from the problems.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:00 am 
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Is it just me or does anyone else think people are reading it wrong


The phrase AT THE EARLIEST was used a lot but today on the radio apparently there was an overnight frenzy of people booking holidays for immediately after the quoted date.

Hairdressers were reportedly being besieged with people trying to book hair appointments

The only group of people who were sounding a cautious note were the pub landlords being interviewed

I am not expecting miracles or trade to go back to normal we shall have to see what happens and how near to normal life becomes


I think it must be just you. At the time you wrote this, just after dictator for life Boris Johnson proclaimed that he would be guided by data not dates, but still went on to set certain dates in stone, which was rather strange and counter intuitive, no one would have expected infection rates, hospitalisation rates, and death rates to be falling at the rate they are now reducing at. Much less the scientists. We are now three weeks ahead of where we expected to be on the 22nd February. If we are guided by data, we should be moving the dates for relaxation of the lockdown forward, but will we? Of course we won’t, because we are guided by dates, not data, when it suits. Meanwhile, the economy goes tits up.

The dates are not set in stone, they are the earliest that restrictions in those groups can open.


Exactly dates, not data. We were told data not dates.

The actual dates will depend on the DATA!


What a coincidence! Still think it’s data not dates, grandad? 12th April a date set in stone, don’t you think?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:02 am 
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What a coincidence! Still think it’s data not dates, grandad? 12th April a date set in stone, don’t you think?

The Data backed up the fact that it was safe to move to phase 2 as confirmed by the Government on April 5th.

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now it's fingers crossed this new mutation doesn't cause another wave !

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