Efficient use of medical resources is the key to the new quarantine system, which will be piloted from next week.

Everyone is changing from the PCR test method to the high-risk group first.

This is to find and treat more urgent patients faster.

Continuing, this is reporter Kim Deok-hyun.

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government's judgment is that it is difficult to handle the rapidly increasing number of microns with PCR testing, which can accommodate up to 850,000 people a day.

Accordingly, even if there are symptoms, the self-test kit or rapid antigen test was performed first.

In order to receive PCR test, either a rapid antigen test at a public health center or respiratory clinic and a positive result or a positive self-test kit result must be submitted to the public health center.

Even if a co-worker has been confirmed or has overlapped with a confirmed person, you cannot receive a PCR test immediately unless the public health center asks you to undergo a PCR test.

Rapid antigen test results are quicker, but the accuracy is lower than PCR test.

The specificity of judging an actual negative as a negative is high, but the sensitivity of detecting an actual positive as a positive is low.

It can be fatal for high-risk people who are at high risk of severe infection.

So, the high-risk group had to undergo the PCR test as it is now.

There are four cases: the elderly over 60 years old, epidemiologists classified as close contacts, and those who test positive for rapid antigen tests.

[Lee Ki-il / First Supervisor (Yesterday): I think that minimizing the damage in the future depends on how quickly and effectively the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk patients are performed.]

Also, taking medications to prevent the high-risk patients from getting worse We have expanded the age range from 65+ to 60+.

Since oral medications have to be administered within five days of symptom onset to be effective, early diagnosis is even more important.

(Video editing: Yoon Tae-ho)