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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49569, tabled on 20 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate the Government has made of the level of risk of incorrect negative covid-19 test results due to ineffective application of swabs to the (a) throat and (b) nose; and what steps the Government is taking to reduce that risk.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

14 September 2020

International peer reviewed evidence, and real-world assessments from the Department’s testing programme has shown that swab tests taken by non-clinically trained individuals are just as effective as those taken by clinicians. The Department has clear guidance included with all self testing swab kits and material on and a video guide on Youtube detailing the process of self-swabbing.

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