Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tuffton, is defending the reliability of test kits being used in Jamaica to diagnose the coronavirus or COVID-19.
The Minister’s statement comes amid reports that some test kits in the US, which are from the same source as Jamaica’s, are faulty and returning negative results when the patient may well be carrying the deadly disease, which is said to be a cousin of SARS.
The tests kits are issued by the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC).
At a press conference four days ago, the CDC explained its testing policy, which could explain why the test kits are returning negative results.
“Testing people too early can potentially miss infections. We test people with a history of exposure who are showing symptoms.
“People infected should show symptoms within 14 days. Testing on day one, or two, or three may produce negative results.”