The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has set up free COVID-19 antigen tests in various places for citizens. A father-son duo living in Narol decided to opt for the facility and on Saturday got themselves tested for COVID-19 at one of the testing facilities in the area.
The antigen test results are available within a few minutes of the test at the centre. After the two tested positive, they got themselves tested again but this time in a camp at Isanpur. Here, their test results came negative.
Thus in a span of just half an hour, the father-son got two different antigen test reports for COVID-19.Interestingly, both the tests are done by AMC staff and the father-son duo are now not sure whether they are COVID-19 positive or not.
It also raises questions about the reliability of the antigen test reports being given out by such AMC camps.
Why they got tested at AMC camps?
Narol resident Suchitra Pal had tested positive for COVID-19 a fortnight ago. She was under home quarantine. Once her quarantine ended she called up the AMC’s 104 helpline number and asked whether she needs to get tested again.
The AMC staff told her that if she did not have any symptoms she did not have to get tested. Suchitra’s husband Tapan and son Kaushik had also quarantined themselves in separate rooms although they had not tested positive.
Since the son had to join work from Monday onwards, they decided to get themselves tested. They visited a testing camp of the AMC at Narol, where the antigen reports said they were positive.
Suchitra who when informed about the result questioned how they could test positive when the two had been in quarantine in a separate room.
She advised them to get tested again. To be doubly sure of their status, the two got tested in another camp. This time they got tested in a camp set up in Isanpur. Here they tested negative.
Thus in a span of half an hour the duo’s report went from positive to negative. The father-son duo said that if they consider themselves positive they will have to take medicines and be in quarantine for another fortnight.
If they think of themselves as negative and go about their work, they run the risk of infecting others if the negative report is false.
The two separate reports have raised doubts about the reliability of the antigen test reports being handed out by such camps of the AMC.
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