Pupils have been swabbing themselves as school nurses watch on despite proof rapid tests only work if they are administered properly.Students at Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey, were sent the kits on Monday and given instructions by nurses on how to carry out the tests themselves.Only vulnerable children or those whose parents are key workers are allowed to attend lessons in person during the latest national lockdown. It comes as figures suggest schools could still be attended by up to 20 per cent of pupils.But children are now being supervised by nurses, similar to how some walk-in testing centres are run, rather than having a nurse carry out the tests themselves.The idea is that fewer medical experts or volunteers are needed allowing a larger number of people to be test more quickly.But multiple studies show lateral flow tests – when self-administered – could miss cases, due to the force and depth needed to collect a sample.It comes as calls to limit the number of children in school is growing, with attendance levels surging to more than 50 per cent in some areas. Student Molly Tinker takes a COVID-19 test at Oasis Academy in Coulsdon, Surrey, today Student Ruby Soden receives instructions… Read full this story
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