A UK doctor claims that the country’s health secretary, Sajid Javid, gave erroneous advice regarding lateral flow tests (LFTs) when presenting his coronavirus illness test result (Covid-19). Javid said he had a lateral flow test because he was feeling “groggy” and was found to be infected in a video message on Twitter.
“If like me you might feel a bit groggy or you think you might have come into contact with someone who is positive, please also take a lateral flow test too,” he added.
Rachel Clark, an NHS doctor, said that LFTs are for those without symptoms, urging people to not follow Javid’s advice. She also posted a link of NHS guidance on asymptomatic testing and asked the health secretary to delete the video.
“Here’s the NHS guidance on LFTs. They’re for asymptomatic testing. If you have symptoms, you need to book a PCR test.