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Corona virus test: Long waiting times due to laboratory overload


Long waiting times for COVID-19 tests

The test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is one of the basic ways to limit the spread so that infected people can be quarantined as quickly as possible in order to infect as few people as possible. This was also emphasized by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the World Health Organization. However, due to the high volume of test inquiries, considerable waiting times can currently be expected.

Have I been infected or not? Whether someone has been infected with the corona virus can only be answered with a test. But if you decide to do this, you have to be patient. Citizens who are tested for the Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 have to be patient in some places in Germany. In some places, the laboratories are overloaded, which leads to long waiting times until the test result is available, as it was said from various federal states.

Up to seven days waiting time in Bavaria

For example, people tested in Hanover have to wait up to two days for a result, according to the Statutory Health Insurance Association of Lower Saxony (KVN). In Bavaria, it is five to seven days, according to the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Bavaria (KVB).

Long lines in front of test centers

At the same time, people report on Twitter, among other things, about long lines in front of test centers in different cities. A woman tells of chaotic conditions and long waiting times in the test station of a Berlin hospital.

Capacity in Bavaria exhausted

In Bavaria, the mobile transport service of the KVB currently claims to cut back about 1700 people for tests for the corona virus. They would be taken to laboratories, which, however, were completely overloaded - the capacities were exhausted, it said.

Test material in Lower Saxony

In Lower Saxony laboratories, material for corona virus tests is becoming scarce, a spokesman for the KVN said. Ordering replenishment is difficult given the global demand.

Saxony test 1,400 people a day - Berlin 2,000

According to Minister of Social Affairs Petra Köpping (SPD), 1,400 corona tests can currently be carried out in Saxony per day. That is 500 more than last week. The capacities are to be doubled in the next few days. According to the health administration, seven laboratories in Berlin currently have a capacity of 2,000 tests per working day. An extension is being worked on.

Nationwide 160,000 tests per week possible

Nationwide, the test capacities according to the head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Lothar Wieler, are around 160,000 per week. They should be increased even further, for example with the help of the veterinary medicine division, without red tape. This is possible because such laboratories are tuned to the test method due to bluetongue, for example.

Risk patients are preferred

According to the criteria of the RKI, only patients who have symptoms and were in one of the risk areas or who have had contact with demonstrably infected people in the past two weeks should be tested. These people are more likely to be actually infected with Sars-CoV-2. Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) had previously asked for patience and understanding for waiting times for info hotlines and test results.

Charité app offers decision support for corona virus test

The Berlin Charité is now offering an app to help you decide whether to test for the new corona virus. When users answer a questionnaire online, they receive recommendations for action, the Berlin university clinic announced on Wednesday. The "CovApp" does not provide any diagnostic services. However, it can help to better assess the need to see a doctor or test for the virus.

The "CovApp" is browser-based and can be reached via the Internet. The questions are about current symptoms, travel and possible contacts, for example. After answering the questionnaire, users also received the medically relevant information for a possible medical consultation. In addition, there is information on how to reduce your own risk of infection.

The Charité initiative also aims to further improve the processes in its busy examination center. The answers from the questionnaire can be sent to the Charité using a QR code. The code is anonymous and is processed and saved directly on the end device of the user. (vb; source: dpa)

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