Cyprus Workers Union calls for suspension of rapid testing after toxic substance found. The last 5 years in UK we had 20% increase in mouth cancer, does the tests contribute to this increase?

The Cyprus union Isotita (Equality) representing the rights of public-sector workers has called for the suspension of rapid tests for the coronavirus after media reports showed a swab contained multiple times the permissible trace level of ethylene oxide, a toxic substance.

The Isotita (Equality) union said rapid tests – which under current protocols thousands of Cypriots need to take every 72 hours in for work – should be immediately discontinued until health authorities have investigated the matter and determined any health risks.

Citing the European Chemicals Agency, the union said ethylene oxide – a substance used to coat and sterilise PCR and rapid test nasal swabs – is toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic even when inhaled. To read the full story click the following link:

Mouth cancer 20% rise in the last five years. The article do not specify before or after COVID-19.