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Fernando Simón admits that antigen tests against coronavirus in pharmacies can be useful three days after rejecting them

The director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simon, He has again starred in another resignation, another one, during his daily press conference to give an account of the latest news about the coronavirus: you have been to collation of antigen tests in pharmacies.

This Thursday he admitted regarding the debate on antigen testing in pharmacies, that these tests can be useful if they are done correctly. Because you have recalled that these tests fail to detect past infections. However, just three days ago, last Monday, the 16th, Fernando Simón himself rejected these tests in pharmacies, for which he described several inconveniences:

“We cannot think that a person with symptoms will go to a pharmacy and get tested. Pharmacies should have a covid circuit. They run the risk that their own staff could become infected and lose their workers. There are many components, “he commented.

However, in the appearance of this Thursday of Fernando Simón and before the debate of the realization of these tests in the pharmacy offices, Simón recalled that there is currently a risk of reinfection by coronavirus, a fact that perhaps these tests do not detect accurately.

“There are many ways to use them, but the problem is when these tests, or other tests, are used for what they are not made. Therefore, if they are done well and interpreted correctly, it only remains to look closely at where, when and for what purpose they are being done ”, detailed Fernando Simón.

That said, the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies has referred to the study carried out by researchers from La Jolla Institute for Immunology (United States) In which it is pointed out that immunity against Covid-19 can last at least eight months and could be extended for years, noting that “everything seems to indicate” that it can last “much longer” than was previously believed.

PCR at airports

Something similar has happened to Simon with another controversial issue. The one about PCR tests at airports. After months of insistent refusal to carry them out to tourists, as requested by the Community of Madrid that presides Isabel Diaz Ayuso With a specific plan at the Barajas airport to avoid outbreaks due to imported cases, the Government accepted them.

Simon went on to emphasize his refusal in the logistical problems what does it mean, economic, health and excessive “false security” which would add to the “unreliability of some of the results.” He considered that alternatives had to be found through Foreign Health.

Surrendered to the evidence

However, earlier this month, the Government surrendered to the evidence and accepted Ayuso’s request that travelers arrive at the airport without a negative PCR of origin. Eight months after the official outbreak of the coronavirus in Spain, the Ministry of Health announced to the autonomous communities a modification of controls at airports on travelers entering our country.

The Government recognized, as the president of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, had denounced on different occasions, that the current system was not working. The department headed by Salvador Illa, through External Health, has tightened controls at airports throughout Spain. Until the change of criteria, inside the plane, the on-board personnel gave a paper to the travelers. A document that had to be completed and delivered upon arrival at the destination airports. However, due to a lack of personnel on the ground, these self-declarations were not always requested. In fact, it was common not to have to hand it in.