Coronavirus in Argentina | Long lines to take the quick tests at the Constitución station

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This Friday morning, the debut day of the massive rapid tests amidst pandemic spread in the country, long lines formed to undergo the test in Constitution. It consists of drawing a minimum blood sample and they are performed voluntarily and is anonymous.

The operation is part of the measures that the Government faces at this stage of the quarantine to evaluate the progression of the coronavirus in the community.

“Everything is going very well, ordered. We don’t have positives yet, which means that there is not a great circulation of the virus. It helps us to continue investigating, “he said. Ginés González García, head of the Ministry of Health, from Constitution. “We are going to do it in all the places where there is community circulation or suspicions of that,” he added.

Since 9am At the train station, where the tests began to take place, lines of at least 200 people in front of the sector that was conditioned for that purpose. For the volunteer, it involves only a prick in a finger to draw blood.

According to the information provided by the Ministry of Health of the NationThese tests are used to carry out epidemiological studies, but not to diagnose whether or not someone has COVID-19. By detecting antibodies, they indicate whether the person had contact with the virus or not.

It is the first day of voluntary testing at the stations. (Photo: Courtesy Clarín / Mario Quinteros).
It is the first day of voluntary testing at the stations. (Photo: Courtesy Clarín / Mario Quinteros).

Therefore, if a test is positive, the person analyzed will not be subjected to a test. PCR, used to effectively diagnose the disease, nor preventively isolated.

The authorities of the portfolio insisted that this procedure does not serve to detect individual cases of coronavirus, but to know the general situation and make decisions accordingly.

The test consists of pricking the volunteer finger to draw blood. (Photo: NA).
The test consists of pricking the volunteer finger to draw blood. (Photo: NA).

In addition, González García announced that the testing will be extended to various areas of the country.

Those who submit, then, will be part of an epidemiological investigation of 170,000 tests that the government plans to do. If this Friday they conclude with the expected number of tests, next week the analyzes will be carried out in the Station Eleven and then in Retirement.



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