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Rapid Covid Test - Heathrow 1 Hour & Singapore's 1 minute...

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    Rapid Covid Test - Heathrow 1 Hour & Singapore's 1 minute...

    Have not seen any news about this test result being acceptable in HK for boarding flights. But given that Cathay is involved, I guess the chances are high that this will be accepted.

    Cost about HK$ 1000... not a bad option at all, considering the costs of private tests is around GBP 150+ from what we've been told.

    Passengers flying from Heathrow to Hong Kong and Italy on Tuesday will be the first to have the option of paying for a rapid Covid test before checking in.


    The test will cost £80 and the result is guaranteed within an hour.


    The aim is to help people travelling to destinations where proof of a negative result is required on arrival.

    A growing number of countries have classified the UK as being "at risk", meaning travellers from the UK face more restrictions.

    The authorities in Hong Kong now require people to show they have a negative test result, taken within 72 hours of a flight from London.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54604100
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    Also saw this earlier ...

    Researchers in Singapore have developed a breath test to detect COVID-19 within a minute, said the National University of Singapore (NUS) on Tuesday (Oct 20).

    The test, which detects volatile organic compounds (VOC) in a person’s breath, achieved more than 90 per cent accuracy in a clinical trial involving 180 patients.
    The test, which uses in-built machine learning algorithms, achieved more than 90 per cent accuracy, with 93 per cent sensitivity.

    It also detected with 95 per cent specificity - correctly identifying those without the disease.
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...honix-13319362
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    Still conflicting stories on the FB quarantine support page but as a new development I am sure clarification will come soon enough and I am hopeful that HK will confirm this to be fully acceptable


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    The problem with rapid tests is that it cannot account for those who have been newly infected. This can lead to disastrous results, for example all attendees of the white house rose garden event were tested before entry , but it still became a super spreader event in which a whole bunch of people became infected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topworld:
    The problem with rapid tests is that it cannot account for those who have been newly infected. This can lead to disastrous results, for example all attendees of the white house rose garden event were tested before entry , but it still became a super spreader event in which a whole bunch of people became infected.
    No test can.

    And the problem with ALL tests is you can take a test and be negative one second and contract a new case of covid the next second.

    But ref the above - no test can detect covid from the very first second you receive a dose large enough to cause 'a case' at some point in the next few days (or longer), rapid or otherwise.

    There will always be a reasonably high degree of uncertainty about whether you are positive or not at any moment in time, and if so, whether you are actually 'a case' and thus whether you are infectious or not.

    But as long as people are going to remain paranoid about contracting covid, there's no reason not to implement rapid tests.

    And there's every reason to ensure your test is as rapid as possible as long as people are going to remain paranoid about catching covid....
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