19.01.2022 – 08:07
rbb – Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
In view of the shortage of PCR test capacities, the German Association of General Practitioners is in favor of rethinking the test strategy.
The chairman of the association, Ulrich Weigeldt, said on Wednesday on rbb’s Inforadio: “I think you have to rethink the test strategy a bit overall, that you use the PCR tests when they have consequences and make medical sense.”
This is the case, for example, with employees in the so-called critical infrastructure, because they have a lot to do with other people whom they should not infect while they are helping them.
On the other hand, according to Weigeldt, the use of PCR tests for purely bureaucratic or statistical purposes makes little sense. “When young people have typical symptoms […], have a quick test positive, then I ask myself, why should they do another PCR test, it doesn’t bring any new insights.”
Accordingly, a quick test must be sufficient to obtain the status of a recovered person, emphasized Weigeldt. Anyone who is sick should stay at home. “If you then look at the lines that are or have been in front of test centers, then you can also imagine that this alone is not a particularly good action from an epidemiological and immunological point of view.”
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