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‘Extraordinarily difficult’ to get patients to get Covid-19 test as many think ‘Covid is over’ – GP

A GP based in Dublin has said many of her patients are reluctant to get a Covid-19 test when urged to do so.

Dr. Edel McGinnity said there is a narrative developing that the “pandemic is over”, and people are astonished when they’re told to get a test.

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Claire Byrne asked the doctor who difficult it is to get people to take a Covid-19 test.

McGinnity responded: “I think I probably speak for most of my GP colleagues around the country to say that we are demented asking people about getting Covid tests.”

“It’s extraordinarily difficult,” she said.

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“I think there’s a narrative developing around the country that Covid is kind of over and people are astonished when we say: ‘you need a Covid test.'”

She further said that she believes there is still a lack of understanding as to what are the symptoms of the virus.

Since the onset of the Delta variant, McGinnity said people aren’t aware that symptoms of the virus can present similar to that of a head cold.

“An ordinary head cold, a runny nose, a tickly throat can just as easily represent Covid as the more serious symptoms,” she continued.

“If we had a hot dinner for everyone who said: ‘I know it’s not Covid, it’s just a cold,’ we’d never have to cook again.”

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