Nurse Testing Mandatory

My wife is a senior midwife. The total number of staff is approximately 35. Surely it is a no-brainer and a win-win if all of the staff are tested.

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Since the outbreak, I know that there has been continued change and revision of guidance (on a daily basis), with misinformation particularly for those midwifes with underlying medical conditions. If we plan to roll out a testing App, then it would be far better to at least know the status of clusters, where workers still congregate - ie in hospitals

by JohnZed on May 05, 2020 at 01:10PM

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  • Posted by Ann May 05, 2020 at 15:08

    Totally agree with John . I am a recently retired nurse and everyone that I know who has tested positive for the virus is a nurse ! The danger is nurses spreading it to patients within the non Covid wards . All hospital staff in closed contact with patients and indeed each other should be tested weekly .
  • Posted by DrT May 05, 2020 at 19:52

    I support regular testing for front line staff, including those in social care settings. This would manage transmission of the virus, limit spread to other patients/residents/colleagues and their families.
  • Posted by mg68 May 05, 2020 at 21:05

    If you are infected the day after testing negative, do we then test every nurse and clinician every other day? Should we then also test them for every other flu or virus that can currently kill the infirm and eldery as people were already dying from flu and viruses, especially seasonally. It probably made the death certificates as pneumonia before, now its covid19.
  • Posted by JohnZed May 05, 2020 at 22:29

    mg68...the point about this ties I with the proposed app. TTI or whatever. If I understand it correctly by using Bluetooth on phones, if a care worker/medic tested positive, then the way that it is stated that would mean by definition all co-workers would have to stay at home - then there would be no working medics. That is different from me walking in the park and passing someone walking a dog. So you need a baseline, which means you do need to retest workers who congregate.. even if that is a temperature test. Regarding your flu/virus comment, I have some sympathy but it was not me that dictated that the whole of the world stay at home. Yes more people in the world will die of starvation and malaria than Covid. The alternative is herd immunity and down to chance?
  • Posted by Feefifo May 06, 2020 at 08:05

    Testing only works if you show symptoms
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