Rapid Antigen Test 80% Effective at Detecting COVID-19, Study Finds

Rapid antigen tests that are done at home are more accurate than thought and are good at detecting people who can transmit the COVID-19 with ease, according to experts from University College London (UCL).

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In the researchers’ opinion, people who test positive for antigen testing (LFT) should “have confidence” on that result and “stay home.”

After the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, these tests were not well regarded as they did not provide accurate results. compared to PCR, much more expensive, which are made in laboratories.

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British health authorities recommend getting a PCR test after testing positive for an LFT at home to confirm if they have COVID-19.

The investigation, made public today, has been carried out by Irene Petersen, from the aforementioned London university.

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According to that study, rapid antigen test is 80% effective when detecting a COVID-19 infection and also detects in more than 90% which person is more infectious.

Experts consider the test to be “A very useful public health instrument” to slow the spread of the disease.

These tests are widely used at home, in British workplaces and schools.

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