Unnecessary For Condos To Force Swab Test On Residents Medical Experts


 


Public health specialists have criticised condominium managements for requiring its tenants to undergo swab tests, saying that it doesn't help to curb the coronavirus.
Monash University Malaysia public health and health systems researcher Mark Cheong said that even if every tenant submits a negative Covid-19 test result before moving in, he doesn't believe that it will be effective in protecting residents from getting infected.
"This is because the swab test only tells you if the person has the virus at the moment the test was taken.
"Even if a tenant presents with a negative Covid-19 test result, it doesn't prevent them from getting infected with the virus later on and potentially spreading it to other residents," he said.
Cheong added that it doesn't matter whether the requirement is for migrant workers or all tenants regardless of nationality.


Should not be superstitious towards swab tests
Third World Network public health researcher Lim Chee Han reminded that the public should not be superstitious towards swab tests but understand the conditions and constraints of getting screened.
He said swab tests have limitations, such as the inability to detect those who are newly infected. For those recently recovered from the virus, there can be a positive result when undergoing RT-PCR tests, even if they are no longer able to infect others.
Lim agreed with Cheong that swab tests could only detect whether a person is infected at a particular moment, and it is too expensive for the public to get tested regularly.
"I can understand why employers have to bear responsibility and screen their workers; this is because their workers have to go out and get in touch with others for work purposes.
"But why is there a need for condominium residents to get tested? After all, the costs are high (unlike pregnancy tests which are easier to conduct and cheap).
"Besides, a one-time test doesn't have much use in curbing the virus," he said.
The management should not carry out mass testing aimlessly, and it will only cost the residents.
"I think contact tracing is more important… unless there is a confirmed case in the building, then they can trace the close contacts and ask them to do swab tests," he added. 
Infectious disease expert Dr Christopher Lee said on Twitter that such measures would give people "a false sense of security".
"Besides the logistic difficulties of regular testing for all, screening occupants may just give a false sense of security."

Unrealistic move to force tenants for swab tests

Former deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said such measures are unrealistic.
Instead of asking the tenants to undergo swab tests, he said, the condominium management should follow standard operating procedures (SOPs), including sanitising lifts and public areas regularly as well as maintaining social distancing.
If they neglect the SOPs after getting tested, a new cluster will still emerge after a few months, the PKR Gopeng MP told Malaysiakini.

Former deputy health minister Dr Lee Boon Chye
Lee pointed out an example where the staff of Top Gloves factories along Jalan Teratai, Klang were tested for Covid-19 last June before the factories resumed operations, and yet the biggest cluster in Malaysia emerged after five months.
"This is unrealistic; following the SOPs is more important," he said, adding that there were not many infection cases between condominium residents and their neighbours.
Conflicted with Health Ministry policy
The Health Ministry previously announced that Covid-19 patients who are in "Category 1 and 2" will undergo treatment and quarantine at home while being strictly monitored by health workers.
Cheong worried that if the condominium management doesn't allow residents who have tested positive to enter, these patients will not be able to quarantine at home.
Agora Society of Malaysia policy researcher Lim Chee Han, a health economics and public health specialist, agreed that such measures contradict the Health Ministry's home quarantine requirement.
He said the ministry is getting overwhelmed because of the spike of confirmed cases, resulting in a slow down of Covid-19 tests conducted and the admission of those positive into hospitals. As a result, an infected person would not be sent to a hospital immediately.
On the other hand, Lim warned that if someone uninfected goes to high-risk places such as hospitals or clinics to get tested, their risk of contracting the virus will increase.
He further explained that a medical paper issued last May found that a Covid-19 patient's symptoms will improve on the fifth day upon symptoms onset; after the 10th day, their symptoms will be gone and they will lose the ability to infect others.
For those who are asymptomatic, they are considered as recovered patients 10 days after the date of their first positive test.


According to Lim, because of the lack of resources, it may take up to seven days for the Health Ministry to take a Covid-19 patient to a hospital.
Under the ministry's guidelines, a patient can be discharged after 10 days as they are no longer infectious.
Therefore, Lim pointed out that swab tests are not necessary steps unless the patients have very serious symptoms, or do not have suitable conditions for home quarantine.
Lim said that 80 percent of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.
Malaysiakini previously reported that several condominiums' management made it mandatory for their tenants to get a Covid-19 test.
Some of the condominiums required foreign workers living in the building to submit their Covid-19 test results to the management; otherwise, they would be barred from entering the premises.
Migrant rights group Our Journey director Sumitha Shaanthinni Krishna described the ruling as discriminatory and argued that the management does not have the power to bar residents from entering. - Mkini


Artikel ini hanyalah simpanan cache dari url asal penulis yang berkebarangkalian sudah terlalu lama atau sudah dibuang :

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MalaysiansMustKnowTheTruth/~3/bctL2VQ4aLA/unnecessary-for-condos-to-force-swab.html

Kempen Promosi dan Iklan
Kami memerlukan jasa baik anda untuk menyokong kempen pengiklanan dalam website kami. Serba sedikit anda telah membantu kami untuk mengekalkan servis percuma aggregating ini kepada semua.

Anda juga boleh memberikan sumbangan anda kepada kami dengan menghubungi kami di sini
Betong Market Traders Visitors Urged To Go For Swab Test

Betong Market Traders Visitors Urged To Go For Swab Test

papar berkaitan - pada 24/1/2021 - jumlah : 69 hits
BETONG Jan 24 Traders and the general public with history of being at Pasar Tamu Betong here on certain dates and time are asked to go for Covid 19 screening at the market today In a notification letter Betong Division Health Officer Dr Joh...
Mama Yang Nangis Beriya Emma Maembong Positif Covid 19 Menangis Anak Terpaksa Buat Swab Test

Mama Yang Nangis Beriya Emma Maembong Positif Covid 19 Menangis Anak Terpaksa Buat Swab Test

papar berkaitan - pada 15/1/2021 - jumlah : 69 hits
Ibu mana yang sanggup melihat anaknya merasai keperitan dan kesakitan Ibu rela menggantikan anaknya demi tidak mahu anak merasa sakit Pelakon Emma Maembong berdepan detik ini dengan hati yang berat bila mana terpaksa melakukan ujian calitan...
Bayi Perempuan Meraung Menahan Perit Swab Test Suami Pengasuh Positif Covid 19

Bayi Perempuan Meraung Menahan Perit Swab Test Suami Pengasuh Positif Covid 19

papar berkaitan - pada 15/1/2021 - jumlah : 69 hits
Sehingga ke hari ini berita mengenai bayi positif COVID 19 bukan lagi satu perkara pelik didengari Hal ini kerana ketahanan imunisasi badan yang agak lemah boleh menyebabkan mereka mudah terkena jangkitan wabak tersebut Biarpun sudah berjag...
Hiburan Satu Keluarga Bebas Covid 19 Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Buat Ujian Saringan Swab Test Di Rumah

Hiburan Satu Keluarga Bebas Covid 19 Datuk Siti Nurhaliza Buat Ujian Saringan Swab Test Di Rumah

papar berkaitan - pada 21/1/2021 - jumlah : 108 hits
Ingin memastikan diri dan ahli keluarga bebas daripada penyakit COVID 19 penyanyi tersohor negara Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza dilaporkan telah membuat ujian calitan virus tersebut di kediamannya Sumber Instagram Siti Nurhaliza Siti yang lebih...
Zahid Najib Test Negative For Covid 19 After Close Contact With Tajuddin

Zahid Najib Test Negative For Covid 19 After Close Contact With Tajuddin

papar berkaitan - pada 21/1/2021 - jumlah : 157 hits
After several positive cases linked to Umno politicians party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and former president Najib Abdul Razak both tested negative today They got tested after coming into close contact with Umno Supreme Council member Ta...
Hiburan Kontak Rapat Dengan Pesakit Covid 19 Anak Elfira Loy Jalani Swab Test Peroleh Keputusan Negatif

Hiburan Kontak Rapat Dengan Pesakit Covid 19 Anak Elfira Loy Jalani Swab Test Peroleh Keputusan Negatif

papar berkaitan - pada 23/1/2021 - jumlah : 75 hits
Seorang lagi anak selebriti iaitu Muhammad Rayyan Khalaf cahaya mata kepada Elfira Loy khabarnya terpaksa menjalani ujian calitan COVID 19 apabila dilaporkan telah menjadi kontak rapat dengan individu yang dijangkiti virus berkenaan Sumber ...
16 Detainees At Mantin Police Station Lock Up Test Positive For Covid 19

16 Detainees At Mantin Police Station Lock Up Test Positive For Covid 19

papar berkaitan - pada 28/1/2021 - jumlah : 102 hits
The 16 detainees at the Mantin police station lock up who tested positive were the close contacts of another detainee transferred from Melaka SEREMBAN Sixteen detainees at the Mantin police lock up in Nilai have been confirmed positive for ...
Senator Yaakob Test Results Come Back Negative For Covid 19

Senator Yaakob Test Results Come Back Negative For Covid 19

papar berkaitan - pada 16/1/2021 - jumlah : 55 hits
Senator Yaakob Sapari s reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test results came back negative today after he had tested positive for Covid 19 using an Antigen Rapid Test Kit yesterday I got the results back today and it is negativ...
Ismail Sabri Rapped For Endorsing Condo Managements Demand For Covid Test

Ismail Sabri Rapped For Endorsing Condo Managements Demand For Covid Test

papar berkaitan - pada 29/1/2021 - jumlah : 113 hits
Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob has come under fire for allowing the managements of condominium to ask their residents to submit a Covid 19 report and bar those who fail to comply from entering the premises Taking to social media opposi...
Berhati Hati Di Usia 60 Tahun

Berapa Kos Majlis Iftar Pr1ma Pembeli Terus Ikat Perut

Saya Percaya Kedua Dua Anak Ini Akan Sayang Jaga Ibunya Sebak Luahan Datuk K

Lirik Tetap Ku Anti Hani J

Anugerah Pg Mall

Lirik Cinta Bukan Untuk Ku Yelse

37 Pelajar Kolej Vokasional Di Melaka Positif Covid 19

Schools Hit By Covid 19 Will Close For 2 Days In New Govt Directive



8 Rahsia Dan Fakta Menara Eiffel Yang Ramai Tak Tahu

Ini Dia Warna Putih Paling Cerah di Dunia

Biodata Afea Deanna Baharudean Yah Kuchai Pelakon Filem 18 Puasa Di Kampong Pisang

Kisah Mangsa Radiasi Nuklear Paling Teruk Di Dunia Tragedi Tokai 1999

Ini Sebab Mengapa China Haramkan Bangunan Pencakar Langit


Bayaran Rm500 Bantuan Khas Aidilfitri Tahun 2021

Ticket Id Szejf Suspending Login And Sending Messages From E Mail

Mood Dan Puasa

5 Ways To Make Your Bedroom Help You Rest

What Is Rectified Porcelain And How You Can Implement In Your Home

Rakyat Marah Kerajaan Pn Bukan Raja Raja Melayu Kata Ahli Akademik