Perspective of Arguments in Public Health


  • Dinesh Kumar Associate Professor, Community Medicine, Dr. RPGMC, Kangra at Tanda, Himachal Pradesh



Senstivity, Specificity


Recently, an argument was put forth because a symptomatic and positive patient for CoVID-19 turned tested negative after 7 days, so discharged from the hospital. Both at the time of admission and discharge real-time reverse transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) was done for testing of CoVID-19. Immediately, patient again developed respiratory symptoms and was admitted to hospital again. Amidst of current CoVID-19 pandemic, a question was asked “What is the specificity of the Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19?†with an assumption that what if at the time of discharge the disease is present in patient but test turned out to be negative? In response to that a counter statement was posed that “It is the sensitivity that should be asked rather than specificityâ€. It was based on the implication of primary question that was implying false negative report of the RT-PCR. It means, since patient was discharged with negative result that could be false negative.




How to Cite

Kumar, D. (2021). Perspective of Arguments in Public Health . Journal of Comprehensive Health, 9(1), 44–45.



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