The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government he has reserved one million antigen tests as a screening and diagnostic tool of the Covid-19 after they have been incorporated by the Public Health Commission of the Ministry of Health as instruments suitable for this task.
According to a Health statement, the Islands have tested different sample collection methods with the intention of finding one that streamline case detection, and the antigen tests have given good results so far, which is why the Ministry has made the purchase reservation to be able to implement them in the next screening and detection strategies in the island territory.
The antigen tests are thus added to the infection detection tests that were carried out so far, the famous PCR test, something that the Public Health Commission has made possible this Wednesday by updating the Strategy adopted to stop the advance of the coronavirus in the country.
“The goal of the new diagnostic use of rapid tests is streamline and strengthen the diagnostic circuits to be able to start control measures as soon as possible and thus reduce the transmission of the virus“Health has specified in the statement and then added that the use of these tests” will also allow to face the possible increase in diagnostic needs with the arrival of the flu or give a more agile response in specific settings, such as educational centers.
In turn, Health has announced that The Canary Islands will assume the protocol on the period of quarantine and isolation, which has also been reviewed in the Public Health Commission, in such a way that, from now on, isolation of ten days from the onset of symptoms is maintained for mild cases, as long as at least three have elapsed without presenting any symptoms.
If these circumstances occur, it will not be necessary to carry out a diagnostic test to lift said isolation or to return to work.
On the other hand, in asymptomatic cases that are positive, the isolation will be maintained for ten days from the date of taking the sample for diagnosis. The follow-up will be supervised until the epidemiological discharge in the manner established by each autonomous community.
In the workplace, health and social health personnel that turns out to be a confirmed case and does not require hospital admission, will follow the same guidelines as the general population regarding isolation. These workers may return to their job ten days after the onset of symptoms provided that they remain asymptomatic for at least the last three days, and after performing a diagnostic test that indicates that they have exceeded the period of transmissibility of the infection .
Finally, Health concludes, close contacts are indicated surveillance and quarantine for ten days after the last contact with a confirmed case. Likewise, depending on the epidemiological situation in each region, a diagnostic test may be recommended during the quarantine period.