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Test, Track & Trace Anomalies

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icanhandthemback Thu 17-Sep-20 16:00:17

My son unwittingly had contact with somebody with Covid last Thursday. He found out Friday that she had symptoms so was being tested and immediately went into isolation in his room. Knowing he wasn't allowed an NHS test without symptoms, he ordered a private test yesterday. The Government website said he had to isolate until he got a negative result so he was keen to at least be able to come out his room to be with his flatmates.
Today he has received an email from Track and Trace saying that he must isolate for 14 days until 30th September because the girl got a positive result yesterday even if he gets a negative result from his test! Now, even if you take into account the fact that it may take up to 14 days for symptoms to show, there has been no allowance whatsoever for 6 days he was already self isolating to avoid the spread. By the time he has finished, he would have been isolating for nearly 3 weeks.
For him, this is not going to be a huge problem because he isn't currently working so there is no loss of income and the only things he has to be concerned about is boredom and loneliness. However, if you were a worker without paid sick leave, this could leave you very broke.
I think that the advice between the GOVT website and T&T is somewhat contradictory although to be fair, if you look hard enough, down the bottom of the page, there is an ambiguous link to T&T which tells you their advice supersedes earlier advice on the page but I wonder how many people read the top advice and then don't read further. AIBU to think that alongside the advice about negative results there should be a warning to use the Track and Trace page rather than hiding that!
Am I also being unreasonable to expect the companies who sell this test to be explicit about not being able to stop isolating even if you test negative.
And finally, AIBU to expect the Track and Trace people to at least allow for the date you last had contact with the Covid carrier to be the first date.
If you want people to be sensible about isolating as soon as you are aware that you might have been infected, there has to be some incentive.
My only consolation in all of this, including the Birthday money my son has wasted on a test, is that he will hopefully be far more careful in the future. There have been times when I feel he has been more blasé than I would have liked him to be. On the other hand I was relieved to hear him say that he was going to isolate immediately until his friend got the all clear because he didn't want to be a spreader.

PaperMonster Thu 17-Sep-20 16:43:38

I’m currently self-isolating and the advice I’ve been given is to isolate for 14 days following last contact with the person. I’ve had to work from home.

icanhandthemback Thu 17-Sep-20 20:24:39

That is interesting, PaperMonster. It appears two of the people who he saw on the same night have tested positive. One Track and Trace lot have told him he has to isolate for 14 days from today. The other Track and Trace lot have told him he must isolate for 11 days.
I've been quite sympathetic to the Govt as I appreciate it must be difficult to get a handle on this but it does seem that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. My son has got from being really downhearted to bemused. As long as he survives and doesn't kill anyone else, that is all that matters to me.

welbeck Thu 17-Sep-20 20:37:11

i'm not sure how much we can rely on the test anyway, even if we can mange to get one, and wait for the result.
i heard on radio last night a medic say that about one third of negative results are incorrect.
that;s quite alarming considering that these results are used to return to the workplace/school/wider community.
some of it may be due to how the test is taken. but they are not sure whether there may be other factors.
also heard prof spector, KCL, tonight say that temperature testing is a waste of time; covid often does not present with raised temp, wold be better to see if people can smell freshly brewed coffee.
he said fatigue and bad headache is nearly always present. and not always cough, esp in children.

icanhandthemback Fri 18-Sep-20 12:30:00

So much different information flying around, Wellbeck, which makes it very difficult to know what is right. My son is sitting in his room filling in job applications for his intern year so all is not lost. Having him a couple of hundred miles away from home makes it difficult to handle his disappointment especially when he has only just returned to Uni...he was very careful when he was here. He is just worried now that his flat mates, who don't have to isolate unless he is tested to be positive, may be unwittingly transmitting.
I've suggested he keep the test if he is able to, until he gets symptoms. That way he will be able to know what he is dealing with almost immediately.