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“Covid, three out of 10 patients with symptoms refuse the swab to avoid having to quarantine”

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“Covid, three out of 10 patients with symptoms refuse the swab to avoid having to quarantine”

The latest wave of Covid of the last few days is deeply marked by a problem: the numbers of the daily bulletins, in all probability, are underestimated to say the least. And the indicative estimate that comes from family doctors is eloquent: at least three out of ten patients with symptoms refuse to swab, using the do-it-yourself test, and this effectively excludes thousands of potential positives from the official ASL counts. .

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Talking to beraking latest news is Silvestro Scotti, national secretary of the Federation of general practitioners (Fimmg). “Now every day, in the offices of family doctors, we discuss with patients who have symptoms attributable to Covid, who ask for treatment, but refuse to swab in pharmacies, at us or in public facilities so as not to have to be forced to isolation in case of positivity. I would say that this attitude concerns 30% of people with suspected symptoms ».

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According to Scotti, the summer wave of Sars-CoV-2 infections has a lot of responsibility for the do-it-yourself swabs that “have trivialized testing”. “People who swab at home – explains Scotti – if they do not have an employee job or have poor protection, in the presence of few symptoms that can be controlled with drugs, in many cases they do not report the disease because they do not have to isolate themselves. And this of course it does «the virus will run, particularly with the contagiousness of the Omicron variants».

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Last updated: Thursday 23 June 2022, 4:41 pm

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