Covid “testing” needs to STOP, says influential infectious disease panel – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) revised its guidelines recently to urge hospitals to stop testing all new admissions for covid.

Earlier this year, a study conducted by the Cook County Department of Emergency Medicine found that routine asymptomatic testing extended patient wait times in the emergency department by an average of seven hours – which could be a matter of life or death depending on the situation.

“The small benefits that could come from asymptomatic testing at this stage in the pandemic are overridden by potential harms from delays in procedures, delays in patient transfers, and strains on laboratory capacity and personnel,” says Dr. Thomas Talbot, an epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University and a member of the SHEA Board of Directors.

Covid “testing” needs to STOP, says influential infectious disease panel – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD