Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has urged the public not to use antigen tests if they have symptoms of Covid-19.
Holohan said anyone who has symptoms of the virus should isolate and book a PCR test online or through their GP.
The CMO’s comments come as Cabinet is to meet on Tuesday to finalise plans on subsidising antigen tests for the public.
Holohan said: “A ‘negative’ antigen test result does not mean that you don’t have Covid-19 and you will still need to continue isolating and get a PCR test.”
“Unfortunately, our data suggests that the majority of people who are using antigen tests at present are symptomatic and that of those, the majority who get a ‘negative’ result are incorrectly assuming that this means they no longer have to self-isolate or get a PCR test – potentially placing many others at risk of Covid-19.”
“You should only consider using an antigen test if you have NO symptoms of the disease and only as a further additional tool, along with all of the other public health measures, to effectively combat Covid-19.”
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