Free COVID-19 tests and updated vaccines as the cold season approaches

Free COVID-19 tests and updated vaccines as the cold season approaches

It’s hard to forget that mad scramble when people were doing everything they could to get their hands on COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
Everyone looking for boxes at grocery stores and pharmacies so they could prove they were not infected.
Now.
any leftover boxes might be gathering a bit of dust these days.
but experts say the tests could still be useful.
This is especially true as many medical professionals predict RSV.
flu and COVID-19 to hit at the same time.
creating a tridemic into the fall and winter.
Doctors say that while many people have gotten out of the habit of testing themselves.
the practice still has merit.
But of course.
part of the challenge has been understanding how the rapid tests measure up to new variants and sub-variants of the virus.
The challenge we had when Omicron emerged was that the tests became what we call less sensitive.
When they’re less sensitive.
it means they can be negative when you actually have the disease.
so that you have false negativity.
And you can overcome that with the tests.
The key was that it would give you a negative test result oftentimes early in the course of the illness.
which is why the recommendation was that you should test yourself daily for at least three days before presuming that you’re actually negative.
Most tests have an expiry date noted on the box.
However.
Health Canada has extended those dates for some brands.
It really depends on the manufacturer.
It also depends on whether they’ve officially asked.
for instance.
here in Canada.
if they’ve officially asked Health Canada if it’s okay to use it.
They usually have to give Health Canada data that would say.
yes.
it still works past what is the expiry date.
For a full list.
you can visit our website.
globalnews.ca.
to see which brands have had their expiry dates officially extended.
Doctors want to reiterate.
one of the best things you can do if you aren’t feeling well is to stay home until your symptoms have passed.
Catherine Ward.
Global News.
Toronto.

 

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