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  1. It means that they're known cases where they had been tested after spending time in the UK (either £50 day 7 testing or key worker pathways). Community cases would be where people had no travel history in the UK (or beyond) and tested positive.
  2. This is the level of anxiety that's going to put me in an early grave. There's nothing like the testing expectations of 86,000 people to put the stress levels up. We check this with with controls for every run of testing to make sure so I can sleep at night.
  3. @wrighty we definitely need to go for a cuppa at some point to put the world to rights. You should be able to find my DHSC email. Part of diagnostic testing with PCR is that we run controls with every batch of tests. There's always a "positive control" so known positive material that will come up positive with that batch of tests. There's also two negative controls: an extraction negative (to make sure the viral isolation reagents aren't contaminated) and a PCR negative (to make sure the PCR reagents aren't contaminated). These tell us that the test is working fine, even if all the patient samples test negative.
  4. The tests in the UK might be a bit rubbish because they're being done by private companies with little accreditation after swabbing done by people with little training (or self-swabbing which is worse). Compare that to the IoM where the testing includes an actual check for human RNA to make sure that the swabbing was done correctly and the test is sensitive enough to detect 5 copies of the virus on the swab. We're doing pretty well for testing compared to the UK and beyond. But I don't expect anyone to believe me, clearly I know nothing (!) To add some biology to that, there is literally no way to know whether detected viral RNA is "dead" or "alive" because viruses are neither.
  5. So all the things that an island with a significant tourism industry needs? Like I said, tourism is a big part of their economy. It isn't a big part of ours.
  6. I'm familiar with that kind of brick work. Nice pointing.
  7. Really? What else? Feel free to elaborate.
  8. They have nicer weather than us and an economy that is more dependent on tourism.
  9. They weren't aimed at you, they were aimed at @Banker
  10. One possible explanation is that their politicians don't listen to their experts.
  11. Oh for the love of God, please understand that there is no test that will pick up if you were exposed to the virus at Lancaster train station on the way to the Ben. Testing on day 7 is the only sure way of knowing whether you are likely to be spreading it around, which is why you have to isolate for at least 7 days. I'm getting so frustrated having to explain basic biology of infection to people who seemingly refuse to understand, and demand to get a negative test on arrival so they can go to the pub and get pissed three days after they arrive on the Island. Under the auspices of "freedom". As the saying goes: there's a boat in the morning. You might even get a connection to Jersey or Guernsey, who you clearly think are doing a better job of protecting you. I'm sure they'll welcome you on GuernseyForums or JerseyForums or whatever their equivalent is
  12. Testing on arrival isn't a removal of people's freedoms. Not allowing you to return if you decide to go off-Island would be a removal of your freedom. Testing on arrival would just give people false confidence that they're "negative" when they could still develop COVID19 within 14 days of arriving back on-Island.
  13. Then why are you complaining about it on here? Get your MHK on the case. If you strongly believe that this is the best way to use tax payers money then tell the Treasury so and put your name to it publically. Don't hide behind a username on an internet forum.
  14. So why are Guernseys' experts right, and our experts are wrong? Are you qualified to assess that? I've already explained why arrival testing is a risk, not a benefit.
  15. Hmm, well, the lack of symptomatic people calling 111 and the lack of people in respiratory distress in Nobles would be the data that says you're wide of the mark here. There is no scenario with COVID19 where 100% of cases are asymptomatic so if we had a on-Island COVID19 epidemic on our hands then testing wouldn't be the only way it was detected. In the March-May epidemic on-Island around 10% cases were hospitalised (similar to other countries around the world). Every patient admitted to Nobles is tested so we'd be picking it up. Testing on arrival will cost a lot of money. You seem the kind that would also complain loudly if the IoM Government was wasting a few million a month on arrival testing if it was picking up no cases or didn't pick up "patient zero" in a new wave of the virus infections on-Island. Yeah, I'm not a biochemist. Close, but not quite. Gotta love the biomed cluster website. To paraphrase: I know my stuff when it comes to detecting pathogens with nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) having spent much of the last 20 years doing just that and becoming a bit knowledgeable about how you do it. Cheers. Yeah, we can do close to that now (probably a few more if I could work the biomedical scientists the way I work commercially, but to be fair, they don't like working 16 hours a day with few breaks, who would?). The published numbers are smaller than that but I have two additional testing machines at my lab in addition to to the one at the hospital and the hospital machine is about to be upgraded to 4x that capacity. The capacity is there should everything go "pear shaped" but the reality is that most people don't want to be tested. We can't force them to have their brain tickled with a swab at the Grandstand, even if they're given ample opportunity. You're right. Jersey are currently sending all their tests to a lab in the UK. They have their new shipping container lab provided by a London-based start-up but that's not operational yet. The London-based start-up are zooming me on Tuesday to find out how to do testing. So there's that. I also turned down setting up a private lab in Guernsey when they asked. Because, you know, I'm Manx, and there are only so many hours in the day. I can only run so many labs at a time. Yup, I can't see many people on the Isle of Man giving up their current "covid-free" lifestyle just so people can travel freely. Most of us have short memories and have easily forgotten 2m social distancing and the restrictions of a few months ago. The UK still have these. Personally, queuing at Tesco for an hour again would seriously disrupt my ability to get stuff done.
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