As Australia passes its COVID-19 Omicron peak, will the shortage of RATs turn into a glut?

As Australia passes its COVID-19 Omicron peak, will the shortage of RATs turn into a glut?

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20/01/2022 9:00:00 PM

As Australia passes its COVID -19 Omicron peak, will the shortage of RAT s turn into a glut?

While rapid antigen test s ( RAT s) have been very hard to come by since Christmas, there are some signs that the shortage may soon become a glut, as happened with other pandemic products such as hand sanitiser.

RATs are still in demand as students prepare to go back to school and more people return to workIn the private sector,Also, the federal government said it has secured more than 80 million RATs for delivery in January and February while state and territory governments have placed orders for about 130 million RATs, with some already arriving in the country.

However, health experts said the nation is collectively passing the Omicron peak, based on modelling and recent case and hospital admissions data.ABC News: Claire Campbell"It does vary a bit. [For] places, as I understand, that have sort of less restriction, the peak is going to be a bit later."

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Based on what? Can't access PCRs or RATs in adequate numbers. Still trying to hire kiddies as of yesterday and thinking of using parents in classrooms as schools open. Sounds like more hopium. This is the second time recently that I've seen the ABC assert in headlines that the pandemic was peaking with the only evidence provided being statements from politicians known for their lies. Do better.

What a weird fking flex !!! Yeah it’ll be like hand sanitiser and masks, price rorting now, 3 weeks they’ll be $2 each or 3 for $5 in 7-11 etc. ABC news, can't you do better? But have we passed our Omicron peak with potentially thousands of unreported cases? ThisIsNotJournalism Not sure it has really peaked just yet. Sounds like a ploy to get every one out there again, kill off a few more oldies and those with significant health issues.

It may peak, but there will be further waves as people go back into offices and kids go back to school, so the RATs will always be needed. No, it will just mean we can use them appropriately, as other countries have been doing. We might have passed the peak of the incautious, but there are many people in self-lockdown & barely go out, or waiting for 3rd shot to venture out. Booster at 3mths isn’t as effective as at 4,5 or 6, so less protection than “comparable”countries. Stats not giving full picture

There will be no glut. It’s easy to churn through RATs. Your isolation starts from your positive test, so if you only tests every few days you will likely be in iso longer than necessary. People coming out of iso still need neg RATS for work, venue entry will test every day

As Australians struggle to find RATs, Americans can now order them free to their doorsAs Australians continue to grapple with a shortage of rapid antigen test s and price gouging described as “beyond outrageous”, a new website has launched in the United States allowing people to order them free to their homes. That's probably were the federal government sent them from here No Shortage Just stolen

Who writes this stuff? Click bait. The final sentence says the real story. Coming into winter THEY WILL BE NEEDED. You need to deal in facts. Medical people do not seem to think this is a peak. It is wrong to mislead. Please declare your sources and evidence. Past it's peak? Where is your evidence? There will also be other variants. I'd rather they still arrive thanks.

What a stupid article. COVID will be with us forever, and so will the need for RATs. Yes, almost certainly we will be awash with RATs long after the moment of greatest need has passed. An enduring symbol of the abject failure to plan, prioritise and execute protection measures for the community. Yessss, we want a glut!

We’ll just watch and see how this tweet ages. ABC running a propaganda line today. What bloody peak? Having RATs available is the only path out of this pandemic. Covid is dangerous, just because the Omicron peak may have been reached the Chronic phase has just begun. Efficient RAT testing will allow for management of future variants. The will be no glut.

More than 40,000 RATs stolen from Sydney freight depotAn investigation has been launched into a man who reportedly stole more than 40,000 rapid antigen test s from a Sydney freight depot. Ahahahahaha everything this failed duopoly touches turns to sh1te 😂 Where was MORRISON tuesday Surely it's an inside job

I have reported this tweet for misinformation so please provide proof or remove tweet Boris Johnson yesterday: 'As Britain passes its COVID-19 Omicron peak.' What's going on at our ? We haven't passed our peak Has this been confirmed? Or are you just going by Catherine Bennett? Stop the misinformation 😡

You can not have too many Not with winter on the way and the possibility of a new variant How about the truth for a change instead of opinion Hang on! It may be useful for the next Variant? The virus won’t simply disappear! That’s a fairy story! No there will not be a glut. Winter will come and it will be nuts with COVID again!!

Two years after the pandemic, there can never be a glut of anything. Tests, vaccines, hospital beds, financial support for the public. Have we learnt nothing? What about the next wave of variant? its more spin. There are 2 virus strains of concern. Delta and Omicron. You can catch both. I did. Omicron a month after my Phizer booster. The thing the government is trying to do is drive the recorded numbers down.

Labor MP sniffs out rare RATs to share onlineAnika Wells has embraced RAT running in her community by publishing a daily list of retailers in her electorate that are selling rapid antigen test s.

Seriously? What a take! If you believe the peak has been reached, there is a bridge you can buy! No accurate numbers - even hospital numbers are probably fudged. Give me strength! Why does this article read like an infomercial? it will happen but after this wave...scomo is missing the boat again How do you know in it 'was' peak? It sounds pretty vague to me. 'The next couple of weeks....or so....it does vary.... depends...'

How do you know it 'was' the peak? Hi , I think the intern has access to your Twitter account. I’ll go out on a limb here, and say; ‘Errrrrmmmmmm... yep.’ Peak? Are we just going to ignore reinfection? Gee, why should we be prepared and organised for a pandemic that’s had multiple waves?!?!

PM refutes claims federal government was requisitioning RATsPrime Minister Scott Morrison has joined the federal health department in rejecting claims the Commonwealth requisitioned rapid antigen test s ( RAT ), labelling the accusations “categorically untrue”. Are they on the PBS or tax deductible yet, if not why bother, can't find them anyway .👍

It has already RAT'S supermarket shelves but not in Brisbane . Bit of a strange question to be posing right at this point of time. Media needs to cover how other countries have scaled up PCR testing. The process in Australia where you have to queue up in a testing station with other sick people during office hours and then wait days for a result is far behind much of the world, including a lot of 3rd world

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Huge shipment of RATs arrives in Melbourne• This coronavirus article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety. Tap here to see the latest great value offer for full digital access to trusted news from the Herald Sun and Leader. About time......Why did Andrews order them so late? Finally Who cares

Labor MP sniffs out rare RATs to share onlineAnika Wells, who holds the north Brisbane seat of Lilley on a razor-thin margin of 0.6 per cent, said she started the Facebook service this week to save people the trouble of hunting for RAT s only to face disappointment. | Cameron Atfield What a pointless exercise . If you have symptoms stay home . Stop the politician induced psychosis .

The supply of coveted rapid antigen tests (RATs) appears to have improved dramatically in just the past week as retailers scramble to satisfy seemingly insatiable demand. Key points: Health experts say COVID-19 case numbers are plateauing RATs are still in demand as students prepare to go back to school and more people return to work So far, RATs have worked effectively for all known COVID-19 variants The latest crowd-sourced data compiled by Finder shows around 60 per cent of stores have stock, almost triple the level of a week ago. In the private sector, millions of RATs are being shipped into Australia each week . Also, the federal government said it has secured more than 80 million RATs for delivery in January and February while state and territory governments have placed orders for about 130 million RATs, with some already arriving in the country. The surge in Omicron COVID-19 cases over the summer period sparked a national shortage of RATs amid chaos emerging from an overloaded PCR-testing system. Although RATs have a lower accuracy than PCR COVID-19 tests, they have been recommended by state and federal health authorities as a preferable alternative to PCR tests to alleviate pressure on testing centres and laboratories. However, health experts said the nation is collectively passing the Omicron peak, based on modelling and recent case and hospital admissions data. Dr Chris Moy says COVID-19 restrictions and booster shots have helped to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant. ( ABC News: Claire Campbell ) "For most of the states, they indicated that the peak is going to be around about now to the next couple of weeks or so," Australian Medical Association vice-president Chris Moy told the ABC. "It does vary a bit. [For] places, as I understand, that have sort of less restriction, the peak is going to be a bit later." However, Dr Moy said, there was a lack of evidence about how long the plateau stage would last and whether case numbers would drop quickly, adding there would be a lag in the number of people being admitted to hospital and in ICUs. Demand would remain strong, despite case numbers levelling As more Australians are coming back to the workforce from the holiday period and students go back to school over the coming weeks, the demand for RATs is likely to remain strong. However, it is still unclear exactly how many RATs Australians will need each week. Deakin University epidemiology chair Catherine Bennett said that the demand for RATs depended on how people choose to use them. Professor Catherine Bennett says people use RATs differently. ( Supplied ) "People will use them a lot initially and then ease off anyway, because they'll figure out when it actually makes a difference, when you need to know whether you could be positive and if you're asymptomatic," she told the ABC. "Workplaces may have requirements around testing, no matter what the government policy is, still some of the individual workplaces are choosing to do that. "So it varies, because they are used for so many different reasons, either screening, or testing if people aren't sure if they've got symptoms or not."