The Russians explained the need to reduce the action of the PCR test

Virologist Vikulov: the reduction in the action of the PCR test may be associated with the epidemiological situation

Reducing the duration of the PCR test for coronavirus from 72 to 48 hours may be associated with a worsening epidemiological situation. This was stated by the virologist Georgy Vikulov in an interview with the radio station “Moscow Talk”.

“It is more correct to talk not about how long the test will last, but how relevant, adequate and correct the results of PCR tests will be, given that all is changing rapidly, “the specialist said.

He said that there is a regulation according to which the average incubation period of a new coronavirus infection is two to three days. After this time, the virus may appear in a latent form, and the PCR test, which was negative, will become positive, the virologist explained.

“Reduction to 48 hours may be associated with a worsening epidemiological situation, with the presence of such a focus, where such testing is carried out, “Vikulov noted.

Earlier, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, announced the reduction of the duration of PCR tests to 48 hours. According to her, this decision was made against the background of the spread of a new, more dangerous, omicron strain of coronavirus.