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If you have health concerns, please seek medical attention. Related: Lockdown Learning , discuss home schooling during lockdown. My son was tested at 8am yesterday morning at a drive through site. Whenever we’ve been before we’ve had the results within about 14 hours. I know it’s only been 36 hours and they say five days, but do you think it’s worth calling?

He’s missed two days of school and can’t miss a third mock exams very soon. I’m also worried it’s a bad sign – the past tests have been negative. Can’t help but wonder if they double check the positive ones and that’s why it’s taking longer. Went for another test, results came back in 12 hours. Obviously lost in the system somewhere. Maryann thanks for replying. That doesn’t sound very promising.

Oh dear. Do I take him for another test tomorrow in case they’ve lost it? I must admit I’m tempted to ignore it and assume it was just a brief cold. He had a really bad cold a few weeks ago then on Monday night had a sore throat and a bit of a cough. The only reason I did a Covid test was because someone at school he knows has Covid.

Wouldn’t have crossed my mind otherwise and he’s not coughed since. Oh what a mess! Waiting here too. Two weeks ago my kids came back within 12 hrs. I’m on 36 hrs now. Though sure I’m positive. Loads of strong pos lfts. I did hear from someone else that test demand is really high. We are waiting for our test results taken yesterday at although my two children have had their results – positive one emailed at 12pm today and negative at 2pm.

My other child tested at 9am on Monday and positive confirmation email was sent at 5am yesterday so I’m not sure what is happening! Justwingingit oh poor you!

Have you been vaccinated? I was really hoping that being jabbed would mean we get it quite mildly. Sorry you’re feeling rubbish and hope you feel better soon! I didn’t get results from my Saturday test until yesterday. Think they’re busy at the moment. I have a positive result within 24 hours. The local walk in one we had back within 12 hours but the postal one is taking forever!! It did feel like the priority postbox was jammed with them to be fair.

A very hollow boxy sound when I posted it and it didn’t drop far inside. My son has Covid now at the start his main symptom was a sore throat and bit of a cough. He already had a cough from a previous respiratory virus.

I wouldn’t assume it’s another cold. Ours negative results finally came through at 10pm last night, 10 hours after my son’s positive one although they were done at the same time. Register today and join the discussion Have your say, get notified on what matters to you and see fewer ads Register now. Please create an account or log in to access all these features. Add post Watch this thread Hide thread. Start thread Flip this thread. I’m on Unanswered threads.

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NHS Coronavirus information. Information from gov. Mumsnet hasn’t checked the qualifications of anyone posting here. If you have health concerns, please seek medical attention. Related: Lockdown Learning , discuss home schooling during lockdown. My Dh had a pcr test yesterday morning and we are still waiting for results.

I know it can take up to 3 days but every test we’ve done we’ve had results back by morning and luckily all been negative. The fact this one is taking so long I’m stressing it’s gonna be positive!

I would imagine it’s because there has been a big increase in cases so more people are being tested, I don’t think it’s anything to do with the test results. Fingers crossed it’s negative. Try not to worry. My DH had one last Friday lunchtime and didn’t get the results till Saturday at 6pm. It was negative. Think they’re just very busy. We thought the same though! When my step brother’s family tested they got the first positive result on the Tues, then two negatives a couple of days later then two more positives at the weekend.

Thankyou everyone. His result has just come through and negative. The healthcare worker, believed to be in NSW, says testing clinics were relying on batch testing which lumps a large number of tests together and only separates them out if there is a positive.

The method was working efficiently but now due to the higher percentage of positive results, it’s getting much harder keep up. My former partner ran PCR tests in a lab, as a microbiologist and infectious disease doctor. The details in the reddit thread is exactly as she explained to me. She did not post it. I watched her work tirelessly throughout the pandemic, selflessly, into the ground.

The pathologist worker also said at any given time the staffing situation in healthcare is “dire”, with most wards or clinics having just enough workers to get by.

Pathologies had barely just gotten over the hurdle that was the prior lockdown, with very few resources and dwindling staffing. Fresh twist after people wrongly sent negative Covid results. Crazy scenes as people fight for Covid tests amid Omicron outbreak. Omicron has taken off, particularly in NSW where the lack of controls has really allowed it to go completely out of control,” he said. The Reddit post said testing capacity was at the “absolute limit” and there is no more equipment available, “let alone staff” to process test samples — which is why so many people are reporting waiting up to three or four days for their result.

Is some cases having to miss out on their holiday. The testing system doesn’t end after tests have been processed with data entry and the work required to send results “crippling” some labs. It’s a time consuming process and the pathologist warned people should not trust labs saying results will be available in a matter of hours. We are being bombarded with work and cannot make things go any faster, not for you or anybody else,” they said, adding their own test has been sitting idle for days among other tests yet to be processed.

With the rising number of Covid cases, testing requirements for travel and people wanting to make sure they’re not passing on Covid to loved ones over the Christmas period, it’s no wonder the testing system is overwhelmed. Dr Moy says instead of testing travellers, attention needs to be redirected to those who are symptomatic and therefore more infectious.

Private providers have been a vital support and NSW Health has been working with them to ensure turnaround times for tests are as quick as possible,” a spokesperson said. The pathologist said hospitals and some clinics have rapid PCR tests which are used in cases where a patient needs to be transferred into a different ward, into surgery or to have another procedure.

Supplies are running out to operate rapid PCR analysers and they say hospitals are not equipped to handle this. Healthcare staff have been left a burden which we do not have the resources to manage,” they said.

I cannot speak for nurses or doctors on these wards, they must be going through unimaginable stress and hardship. The hospitals are not equipped for this. Many on the Reddit thread, who also work in health care, backed up what the anonymous pathologist was saying. A registered nurse and midwife said the impact Covid will have on the “overworked” healthcare system will be felt for decades to come. Another person remarked that most people won’t appreciate the “true cost” and said with a stretched hospital system even non-Covid patients suffer too.

Dr Moy said the actual rate of infection in NSW is most likely much higher than what is being reported. It is completely out of control in NSW at the moment. NSW has sped up going into the fog. Before Christmas the state reintroduced a mask mandate and QR code check-ins while premier Dominic Perrottet also announced rapid antigen tests will be provided for free for NSW residents next year. Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau yahoonews. The stars of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis have arrived on the red carpet for the film’s Australian launch.

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Supplies are running out to operate rapid PCR analysers and they say hospitals are not equipped to handle this. Healthcare staff have been left a burden which we do not have the resources to manage,” they said. I cannot speak for nurses or doctors on these wards, they must be going through unimaginable stress and hardship. The hospitals are not equipped for this.

Many on the Reddit thread, who also work in health care, backed up what the anonymous pathologist was saying. A registered nurse and midwife said the impact Covid will have on the “overworked” healthcare system will be felt for decades to come. Another person remarked that most people won’t appreciate the “true cost” and said with a stretched hospital system even non-Covid patients suffer too.

Dr Moy said the actual rate of infection in NSW is most likely much higher than what is being reported. It is completely out of control in NSW at the moment. NSW has sped up going into the fog. Before Christmas the state reintroduced a mask mandate and QR code check-ins while premier Dominic Perrottet also announced rapid antigen tests will be provided for free for NSW residents next year.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau yahoonews. The stars of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis have arrived on the red carpet for the film’s Australian launch. Told through the eyes of Elvis’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, the movie follows the star’s life from his beginnings in Tupelo, Mississippi, to the heights of his fame.

Britain’s four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne conclude with a pageant through central London, and with tens of thousands of people expected to take part in nationwide street parties. Singer Ed Sheeran and more than “national treasures” ranging from former soccer player Gary Lineker to children’s TV puppet Basil Brush will join military bands, performers and dancers in the parade through the capital on Sunday.

Mass shootings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, have left at least six people dead and more than 25 wounded, police say – the latest cases of gun violence after recent massacres in Texas, New York and Oklahoma.

Multiple shooters opened fire in Philadelphia’s busy South Street, an area filled with bars and restaurants, around midnight on Saturday. Add post Watch this thread Hide thread. Start thread Flip this thread. I’m on Unanswered threads. Active I’m watching. Customise Getting started FAQ’s. Unanswered threads Acronyms Talk guidelines Hide shortcut buttons. Watch thread Flip. Would it take longer to get Pcr result if you test positive? OP’s posts: See next See all. A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other Covid strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic , health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits’ arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.

PCR polymerase chain reaction tests are the gold standard and are sent off to a lab to be properly processed – unlike lateral flow tests that can be completed at home in less than an hour. It is sent to a laboratory where a lab technician looks for genetic material of the virus using highly specialised equipment.

The PCR tests are much better at finding very small amounts of the virus, especially early during an infection. So these are used primarily in people who have Covid symptoms. It uses a long cotton bud, which takes a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat. NHS Test and Trace figures show around 95 per cent of people get a result in 24 hours if they are tested under Pillar 1, which covers places like hospitals and outbreak spots.

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