Covid, Sileri: “Positive number underestimated”

On the data of the infections from Covid-19 “perhaps we have some underestimated numbers. If close contact swabs are done the day after they have had contact with a positive they will almost certainly all fail, because the disease can develop days later. The numbers can therefore be altered by the fact that you swab people who do not need it, or the times are wrong. Obviously, the numbers of positives are not altered, because whoever is positive is positive. “Thus the Deputy Minister of Health Pierpaolo Sileri, who spoke to the microphones of the broadcast ‘L’Italia s’è desta’, on Radio Cusano Campus.

“The swabs must be guided by doctors and are not a substitute for quarantine,” Sileri warns. “If you are a close contact you have to quarantine, the swab is not needed to avoid quarantine, it is needed to get out of it after 10 days. Then – he stresses – there is the problem that the diagnostic tests get confused. The lancing device has no diagnostic function, it shows a previous infection because it detects antibodies. There are instead rapid antigen tests that have less reliability than swabs, but which are useful for large-scale screening “.


As for the “Dpcm, it is proportional to the current numbers, it aims at attenuating the circulation of the virus. This means making the curve stabilize or in any case make it grow much more slowly, so as not to overload our health facilities. If the numbers rise quickly, there will be more restrictive measures, which does not mean generalized lockdown “.

Sileri, regarding the ‘local’ lockdowns, explains that they will be needed “in areas where the situation is more complicated than others with regard to hospital overload” and it will be “targeted lockdowns, more or less limited depending on how much the virus is runs and how fragile the system is “. “The fragility in the area must then be identified – underlines the deputy minister -: protecting the elderly, identifying places for the isolation of positives, testing in RSAs. If the numbers stabilize, the health system will hold up and there will be no further restrictive measures” .

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