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(TVNZ (New Zealand))   Sinister COVID case confounds Samoa as no one nose if there is a case or not, depending on which nostril is tested   (tvnz.co.nz) divider line
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2020-11-24 10:17:58 PM  
FFS they only test one nostril?
 
2020-11-25 5:47:04 AM  
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2020-11-25 5:51:24 AM  
Have they tested each of the other entries and exits?
 
2020-11-25 6:05:09 AM  
A nose so broad that the nostrils can socially distance?

sorry.
 
2020-11-25 6:26:56 AM  
Say Samoa again...

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2020-11-25 6:42:25 AM  
So treat him as a positive case, quarantine and monitor symptoms.  Test in a couple weeks.  Why is this world news?
 
2020-11-25 7:52:09 AM  
 
2020-11-25 8:05:06 AM  

mrmopar5287: Erykah Badu repeat?

https://www.nydailynews.com/snyde/ny-e​rykah-badu-coronavirus-nostrils-positi​ve-negative-test-20201117-5fec6pdpdbfd​fa42ok34m5ixke-story.html


erykah badu is a sailor in samoa now?
 
2020-11-25 8:24:45 AM  
I see what you did subby.  Nicely done
 
2020-11-25 8:56:01 AM  
I felt a disturbance in the Force. I got here as soon as I could.
 
2020-11-25 9:07:55 AM  
Last time I tested, they roto-rooted both nostrils. Which was nice, really, because I didn't feel off balance from just the one side being irritated AF for hours afterward.
 
2020-11-25 9:16:57 AM  
Proper use of sinister. 10 points to Gryffindor.
 
2020-11-25 9:31:57 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: erykah badu is a sailor in samoa now?


It's for her new concept album.
 
2020-11-25 9:36:55 AM  

TheCableGuy: So treat him as a positive case, quarantine and monitor symptoms.  Test in a couple weeks.  Why is this world news?


Because many places only test one nostril, so this would be a great reason why you need to take TWO swabs.

Then you set up a rule that one or two positive results are "positive" and only double negative is "negative" - because, generally speaking, a false positive is better than a false negative
 
2020-11-25 11:28:10 AM  

montreal_medic: TheCableGuy: So treat him as a positive case, quarantine and monitor symptoms.  Test in a couple weeks.  Why is this world news?

Because many places only test one nostril, so this would be a great reason why you need to take TWO swabs.

Then you set up a rule that one or two positive results are "positive" and only double negative is "negative" - because, generally speaking, a false positive is better than a false negative


Has anyone heard what the false positive rate is?
 
2020-11-25 11:40:27 AM  

Hammer_Not_The_Nail: montreal_medic: TheCableGuy: So treat him as a positive case, quarantine and monitor symptoms.  Test in a couple weeks.  Why is this world news?

Because many places only test one nostril, so this would be a great reason why you need to take TWO swabs.

Then you set up a rule that one or two positive results are "positive" and only double negative is "negative" - because, generally speaking, a false positive is better than a false negative

Has anyone heard what the false positive rate is?


On the PCR part itself, really low. If it does happen it's likely that a sample was contaminated or someone put the wrong label on a test tube. That rate depends on the individual lab and how overworked the staff are on any particular day. 

Also the tests do have a detection limit. If you only report positive/negative rather than the actual measurement (Ct value) then you will randomly get "false" readings for a patient with a very low level of the virus.

Finally, the test is telling you about the amount of virus in the sample you collected. That does not always tell you whether or not the person has the virus in their body. A nasal swab might miss an infection deep in the lung, and will certainly miss any virus hanging out in the gut or the spleen or something.
 
2020-11-25 6:10:55 PM  
Don't let Elon Musk get wind of this, he's confused enough already by Covid testing.
 
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