Airport Arrival TESTING

Why quarantine people which is more damaging to the economy instead of putting in place a testing system for Scottish airport arrivals.

Or quarantine those coming from more high risk countries rather than all countries.

Why the contribution is important

Many countries have a much lower rate of disease than the UK so why does it make sense to quarantine these arrivals. Equally, quarantine means more people unable to work, essential work not able to take place abroad and also causes further strain on social interaction. People arriving in the UK may not have seen loved ones in many many weeks and to prolong this is very upsetting. Testing also allows us to gain a picture of the roll foreign travel plays on the spread of disease in the uk. If low antigen numbers are an issue, why not introduce paired tests and use contact tracing apps to prevent further outbreaks.

by Kc27028 on May 09, 2020 at 06:19PM

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  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 09, 2020 at 18:46

    Agree with airport testing and quarantining airport and ferry arrivals!
    When I arrived into Aberdeen airport 3rd February, having travelled from Jakarta, KL, Amsterdam and finally into Aberdeen the first thing I did was to complain to immigrations that I had not been tested. At that time there was a mere A5 sheet of paper saying if you’ve been to Wuhan in last 15days and present symptoms you should self isolate. As I said to immigrations then, IF we had been testing in February and everyone that came from a known infected country self isolated for 14days then this could well have been prevented.
    We are now at a point that the UK ‘in country’ infections are on the decline, we can not risk another wave due to people who have isolated in other countries coming back and spiking us again. Just look at what happened to other countries when they reopened their borders...we need to learn from their mistakes.
    However I’d also like to point out that to reduce the persons temperature on the tempanic thermometers a person simply has to take ibuprofen within an hour of getting their temperature taken and will pass the test to get on the plane. Any doctor’s letters are only as good as the time they were seen and written so also a wasteful paper and time exercise. Added to this fact is that not all people will have a high temperature as with asymptomatic carriers which had to have been walking around oblivious to their part in the spread way before first case in Wuhan.
    The only way to ensure no further cases come into the country is by isolating for the 14days. People could
    easily pick up the virus when travelling, in the airports or the planes they may well not be presenting symptoms on arrival
    at the airport, but in 5.2 days they may well be..
  • Posted by CathyBenson May 09, 2020 at 19:01

    Unless I have misunderstood, asymptomatic people would still test positive? Therefore if everyone coming in were tested on arrival, surely they could just stay in quarantine until the test result is known? if negative, no need for further quarantine; they go back to work, see their families, enjoy their visit if they are tourists. If positive, 14 days quarantine. Couldn't this work?
  • Posted by Haggis59 May 09, 2020 at 19:11

    I agree with testing and quarantining people arriving in UK. Best to err on side of caution in present pandemic. Don't know why this can't happen now instead of waiting until the end of the month which is 22 days time. Hopefully no people coming into country until then? Although I don't believe that for a minute.
  • Posted by Christie May 09, 2020 at 19:33

    Turkey is planning to introduce a system of a medical certificate , could a similar option be considered ?
    I am thinking about those who work abroad and need to return home to family and friends after an already long period .
  • Posted by Hayzee May 09, 2020 at 19:48

    Agree with CathyBenson.
  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 09, 2020 at 19:51

    Sorry Cathy Benson yes asymptomatic carriers would test positive still, I was meaning with a quick Tempanic thermometer check.
    If they can get enough tests to be able to test all passengers immediately on arrival that would be the way to go...
    Just need the test kits in mass quantities.
  • Posted by Lorraine10 May 09, 2020 at 19:54

    My husband works abroad, he is planned to return before the end of month date. He will be quarantining regardless as surely that’s what all responsible people do?
    Another 14 days will not be hard To help save lives and keep numbers down... just wish the flouters would think like that...
    And it’s months we’ve not had the family together not weeks.
  • Posted by Simone May 10, 2020 at 00:11

    Sorry if it is an inconvenience to people having to go into quarentine or self isolate but we have been doing the same here and not been able to see our families either. Agree This should have been done right at the start. I was horrified to see that there are many flights coming into the country as we speak from all over the world if you check flight tracker app. Also absolutely bamboozled as to why something is not done RIGHT NOW NOT AT END OF MONTH!!!
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