The authorities of the Cologne region warn residents of the country that two rapid tests for coronavirus have been illegally put on sale throughout Germany. In the event that tests are carried out by not specially caught professionals, the consequences of their use can have a “catastrophically high risk of infection.” According to the authorities, rapid tests are being illegally distributed at gas stations, supermarkets, veterinary clinics, breweries and many other places.
The regional government emphasizes that not properly conducted tests can have a false negative result. This, in turn, will allow the person who made the analysis to believe that he is not infected and should not be quarantined. Thus, the chain of infection will grow many times faster. The risk of injury when using tests at home is also possible.
As it became known, the tests came into circulation through a company from North Rhine-Westphalia and can be freely purchased by individuals who do not have special knowledge and skills. These are the following products: “Covid-19 Ag Test” from the manufacturer nal von minden GmbH and “blnk Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Antigen Rapid Test Cassette (Swab)” from the manufacturer Hangzhou Realy Tech Co.
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