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Experts warn against buying dodgy coronavirus test kits online

Jack Burton

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Thailand’s Association of Medical Technologists is warning people against purchasing test kits online and examining themselves for Covid-19 coronavirus at home.

A statement, issued today from the AMTT, said some illegal Covid-19 test kits have found their way into Thailand and are for sale on social media. The AMTT warned against buying these kits since they are likely unreliable or might not pass the Thai FDA standard. If the test results are not interpreted by an expert, they might cause increase panic and cause more harm than good, it warned.

What’s more, “blood tests at home, rather than in a clinical environment actually increase the opportunity for the spread of Covid-19, not to mention other pathogens that can be transmitted through the blood, such as AIDS and hepatitis” that could spread to the community quickly and widely.

Several Thai hospitals and the faculty of medicine at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University are working on individual test kits, and expect to see them ready for public use soon.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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