Three mistakes we make with Covid lateral flow tests including misreading result

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A doctor has urged Brits to make sure they are taking a Covid-19 lateral flow test correctly following several common misconceptions.

Dr Nathan Hudson-Peacock has revealed the three biggest mistakes that people are making at home as the UK try to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.

The London doctor believes that people are failing to spot positive test results and said that people are not reading instructions as well as mixing up the best way to conduct a test.

Dr Hudson-Peacock can often be found online sharing his useful tips to his 20.3k followers on Instagram under @expedition_doctor, reports Birmingham Live.

Speaking about the common pitfalls people make, he said: “Any positive line within 30 minutes, even if it is so faint that it is barely visible, equals a positive result.

“However, if a faint line appears after 30 minutes, this can be ignored.”

He added: “Don’t forget to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes before, to blow your nose and to wash your hands!

“You should always follow the enclosed instructions.

“If the test advises doing a throat and nose swab, do this. If it advises a nose swab only, do this.

“That being said, there are some anecdotal reports of people getting a positive throat swab and a negative nose swab, and later developing symptoms and a positive PCR.”

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Dr Chaand Nagpaul, council chairman of the British Medical Association (BMA), told Sky News it was important that "the government doesn't just wait to ride this out, because every day people are suffering."

He said some NHS staff still could not access the lateral flow tests needed to allow them to return to work after seven days of isolation instead of 10 days.

The daily coronavirus figures will become less relevant as positive lateral flow tests no longer need a PCR confirmation, a senior public health adviser has said.

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