The government opted to conduct risk-based testing for Covid-19 infections rather than mass testing that is deemed unsustainable.
Thus, said Presidential Adviser for Covid-19 Response and testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon on Monday, adding that given the country’s current resources, massive testing is impractical.
“Assuming that we are testing 80 to 85,000 a day and we will increase that to 100,000 a day, times 2,000 of the current cap and average test for PCR. That would be 200 million per day. In a span of 10 days, that will be two billion already,” Dizon explained in Filipino at the “Laging Handa” briefing.
Dizon said the experts themselves advised the conduct of risk-based testing.
“If you get tested today and you get exposed tomorrow, you might get Covid-19. It should really be a risk-based testing. We can use our resources properly,” he said in Filipino.
Dizon said senior citizens, the infected and those showing symptoms are the priorities.
Symptomatic individuals must also isolate immediately while waiting for their test results.
“With so many individuals getting sick, many are symptomatic. This is the most effective system we could do,” he said in Filipino.