Original article from Kent Live
Good Morning Britain's Dr Hilary Jones has shared a stark warning over deleting the NHS COVID-19 app today.
The medical professional was speaking to Kate Garraway today (July 22) during the penultimate GMB episode of the week.
Kate said: "Use our common sense. Take responsibility for things.
"Would that include in your view, deleting the app, pausing the app, ignoring the app – and instead adopt the taking of lateral flow tests?"
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Dr Hilary replied: "Well, the lateral flow tests are better than nothing. The problem with those is, that they tend to produce a lot of false negatives.
"When somebody is leading up to an infection, they will appear negative until the viral load is significant.
"Now, if the lateral flow test is showing positive, that will have taken a few days of the viral load building – in which time they have probably passed on the virus to other people, if they are not self-isolating."
"Sorry to interrupt Hilary, but that is still a problem with the pinging of the app though, isn't it? You only get pinged if you are near somebody who has tested positive…" said Kate.
Dr Hilary said: "According to research I have seen, one in three people who are pinged will go on to develop Covid 19 symptoms."
"Wow," said Kate Garraway.
Dr Hilary added: "It is isolating people who would otherwise transmit the virus. The cases are rising – rising numbers of hospitalisations again, 750 a day."
"It doesn't feel that way, Hilary, it doesn't feel that way – I know what you're saying," said Kate.
"We talked about half a million last week isolating – does it mean a third of 500,000 have tested positive? It doesn't. There is a gap."
"There is a discrepancy," said Dr Hilary, adding: "Essential workers did so brilliantly during full lockdown when everybody was self-isolating. They managed really well – retail, HGV drivers.
"They are not the same if they are not self-isolating as somebody who in an office is, or a child in a classroom where somebody has tested positive is."