NYTimes: How Accurate Are At-Home Covid Tests?
As the Delta variant surges, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests are becoming more popular. With this increased popularity comes questions about the tests’ accuracy. Although there are many different types/brands of rapid tests, they all test for the presence of antigens. Following the specific instructions of each brands’ test has been indicated to be the key to getting accurate results. However, accuracy aside, because the rapid tests do not amplify the genetic material like PCR tests, if the viral load is not strong enough, such as during the beginning stages of infection, then there is a chance the test gives a false negative result. A key feature of antigen tests is they are more likely to show a positive result for those carrying high viral loads, who are also the people most able and likely to spread COVID. To read the full article, click here. To read more about COVID-19, click here.