Bill Gates says most coronavirus tests are a 'complete waste' because the results come back too slow
"The simplest thing, which has to do with such insanity, is you should not reimburse somebody for getting a test that it takes more than 48 hours to get the result back," Gates said on Tuesday.
"That test is a complete waste. And to all these numbers about how much we test, the majority is just complete waste," he added, calling it "insane" to have to pay for test results that could take more than three days and up to a full week.
I can't say I completely agree. First, if you test yourself, be responsible and until you have results do not meet with anyone. It's all about self responsibility. Also, even if your test comes negative, you want to meet with as few people as possible during these times.
And most importantly, results of these tests might be useful for "aftermath" of pandemic, when trying to better understand of what happened. I would definitely not call 48 hours tests waste of time. Without understanding the past you might be getting into same issues again and again and ...
But criticizing what needs to be improved at the moment is a good thing. We probably do want test results sooner.