Sumary of Rapid COVID-19 tests could be as effective as PCR lab tests if enough people get tested:
- If rapid antigen tests are used in a high enough volume, they may be just as good at reducing COVID-19 infections as more-accurate PCR tests, a new analysis suggests.
- Researchers at Ashoka University and the National Centre for Biological Sciences TIFR in India found that if at least 0.5 percent of the population is tested daily with these rapid tests – and a couple of other conditions are met – infections can be significantly reduced.
- Rapid tests may not be as highly accurate as PCR tests, but they are much cheaper to produce and provide results more quickly.
- The findings suggest that low- and middle-income countries could concentrate on using these rapid tests in order to control Covid as the Indian ‘Delta’ variant spreads.
- Rapid tests may be just as good at PCR tests at controlling COVID if enough people are testing, a new study finds.
- They’re expensive to make and it takes time to send a patient’s sample out to a lab, meaning that patients may not get their results for days.
- They can cost as little as five dollars and provide patients with results in as few as 15 minutes.
- While PCR tests are better for telling a patient in the hospital whether they have Covid, antigen tests may be better in schools, workplaces, and other settings where leaders want to constantly monitor for potential outbreaks.