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Households should do two Covid-19 tests per week, health expert claims

An immunology expert has called for rapid Covid-19 tests to be made available to all households in Ireland twice per week.

Professor Christine Loscher claimed that antigen testing should become part of life as a tool to combat Covid-19.

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Ireland, alike much of Europe, is experiencing a spike in Covid-19 cases, and subsequently hospitalisations – but the level of protection offered by the vaccination allows for a much different scenario than last year.

Loscher claims booster vaccines will be pivotal in combating this wave.

“We’ve been talking about them since July. Look at the numbers in hospital,” she added.

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“People needed to be reminded that the vaccine was about preventing illness and not about stopping people from catching the virus.”

She went on to say that Ireland has been backward in its attitude towards antigen testing and the rapid tests must be made more widely available.

IMAGE – “Negative Covid-19 test” by Marco Verch (CCBY2.0)

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