Unregulated testing blamed for spread of virus | Inquirer News

Unregulated testing blamed for spread of virus

/ 05:08 AM March 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Health Secretary Janette Garin blames “unregulated” COVID-19 testing as factor that led to many “false negatives” and the rapid spread of the disease.

Garin, a former member of the House of Representatives, said the pandemic had become a “business opportunity,” with unregulated testing that had drowned reliable testing.


According to Garin, antigen testing, which was recommended only for symptomatic patients, is now widely used to screen for COVID-19, even in the House.

For general screening, the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction testing remains the gold standard in diagnosing COVID-19 cases.


—Julie M. Aurelio

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