The number of new infections in our country is currently very high, which means that taking a self-test can be a useful tool to prevent the spread of the virus. The Consultation Committee decided last week that anyone who wants to take off their mouth masks in nightlife must first take a negative self-test.
Self-tests are especially suitable for detecting higher viral loads and thus tell who is more contagious. “In the first place, you detect the super-scatters with it,” says microbiologist Herman Goossens (UAntwerp). “The reliability is 80 percent if the test is done correctly.”
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It can also sometimes be difficult to read the lines on the test, making it unclear whether someone is positive or negative. The ambient temperature also has an influence: if it is too hot, the sensitivity decreases. If you have been infected very recently, the self-test will be difficult to detect as well.
So the message is that anyone who has taken a negative self-test should still remain cautious.