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Antigen tests do not rule out the possibility of contagion with COVID in the inauguration of Pedro Pierluisi


#Antigen testing to detect the COVID-19 -that the governor-elect #Pedro #Pierluisi requires each of the 400 guests to take office – they are not as reliable as molecular (PCR) and they can yield between 10% and 20% false negatives.

#Among 400 guests, that percentage of imprecision can give the margin for at least one or two infected people, but without symptoms, to participate in the event this #Saturday, explained doctor #Fernando #Cabanillas. A single person with the virus can infect, on average, three others.

#He added that, considering that in #Puerto #Rico there is a 3% prevalence of asymptomatic people, but with the virus, “12 infected people would be expected” in the jury, which would be reduced to one or two after performing antigen tests.

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“#It is logical that the tests are done, but the question really is what test and with what anticipation, because one does it the week before and in that week he could have been infected,” said the doctor.

“You have to see what is the name of the test as such that the guests will present. #Whether it is the antigen test really or it is a molecular test (PCR), which is more reliable than the antigen test. #If it is really an antigen test, the chances of them having a false negative are higher than with a molecular test, “he added.

#On #Wednesday, the #Secretary of #Health, #Lorenzo #González, endorsed #Pierluisi’s inauguration. “#All these people who come to this type of activity are educated, aware, recognize symptoms and can generate a response,” he said, which generated greater discomfort in the face of the wave of criticism that the event has raised, particularly on social networks.

#Cabanillas said that he sees no reason for #Pierluisi to invite “so many people” to his inauguration. “The more people, the more chances of contagion,” he stressed.

The designated #Secretary of #Health, #Carlos #Mellado, was not available yesterday to react. #Meanwhile, #Pierluisi’s press spokeswoman, #Sheila #Angleró, indicated, to questions from #El #Nuevo Día, that the test that will be required of each guest must be paid for by the guest.

#In addition, he said that the test must have been done, “as established by the #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention”, 72 hours before or less of the event, to be held on the north side of the #Capitol.



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