The Triton

Topics

Provisioner warns against ‘false’ test kits for COVID-19

ADVERTISEMENT

Fort Lauderdale-based provisioning company National Marine Suppliers has released a statement warning crew that COVID-19 tests found online and at some seemingly reputable companies are reportedly faulty test kits from China that have an 80 percent failure rate. Dean Dutoit, director of National Marine Suppliers, stated that the company has received many requests to purchase COVID-19 testing kits, however, it cannot offer testing kits that are not approved for use by the FDA. 

“Currently, there is no legal or approved layman testing kit available that is accurate enough to risk your safety or those around you,” Dutoit wrote.

Of the test kits available from unreliable sources, Dutoit stated: “These kits are not safe for diagnosing COVID-19. Please know that when purchasing these kits, you are potentially putting yourself, your family, friends, and your community at risk. A false negative can be devastating to those around you and increases the risk of the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

“Currently, medical facilities and medical professionals are the only ones who have the ability to test and treat. So we implore you to seek medical assistance rather than put yourself and those you care about at risk by purchasing these ‘false kits.’ 

“We will continue to monitor and investigate every test that becomes available to ensure that we can provide only legal and accurate testing to our clients and families should they become available.”

Meanwhile, for answers to many COVID-19 questions and the latest updates concerning the virus, click here.

Related Articles

A primer on COVID-19, precautions, coverage

By Eva Maria Karlsson On Dec. 31, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The novel (new) …

New shiplift in, construction underway at RMK

New shiplift in, construction underway at RMK

Story and photos by Dorie Cox Construction and upgrades at RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard are nearly complete, with a grand reopening of the North and South Yards expected before summer’s end, …

US government shutdown closes USCG centers

US government shutdown closes USCG centers

The U.S. Coast Guard has closed the National Maritime Center (NMC) and all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, which started Dec. 22. The centers are closed …

Secure at Sea: Coronavirus poses security risk to yachts

Secure at Sea: Coronavirus poses security risk to yachts

Secure@Sea: by Corey D. Ranslem It isn’t typical for a security columnist to write about the outbreak of a virus or disease. However, this column is called Secure@Sea, and understanding the …

Monaco20: Yacht show to go not-for-profit for 2020

Monaco20: Yacht show to go not-for-profit for 2020

The Principality of Monaco and Informa announced this morning that they are working together to deliver a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in Port Hercule in September 2020, with full details to be …

Monaco Marine shuts down shipyards

Monaco Marine shuts down shipyards

In response to concerns about the safety of employees, clients and crew during the COVID-19 pandemic – as well as the shutdown of subcontractors and suppliers, and directives from the president of …

Comments

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.