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  • Testing is the way many believe we will get to grips with Covid-19 and the government is making big decisions based on the data they produce. But how accurate are the tests? Subscribe to our channel here:

    Testing for coronavirus is critical to our understanding of how widely the virus has spread and the data informs decisions on whether to tighten or ease lockdown measures. But are the tests for coronavirus fit for purpose?

    Concerns have been raised about the tests’ accuracy. Some clinicians are worried that the tests are over-sensitive and could be picking up on the presence of virus fragments which are old or not actually infectious.

    Kirsty Wark is joined by the World Health Organisation’s special Covid-19 envoy Dr David Nabarro and ICU Consultant Dr Ron Daniels.

    Health Correspondent Deb Cohen reports.

    Newsnight is the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme – with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.


    In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

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    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

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