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NEW! research shows rapid antigen tests can work in a real world setting - with asymptomatic and symptomatic people. The rapid "paper-strip" antigen test called the BinaxNOW detected >90% of people with high viral loads who are likely to be infectious 1/
Example of how rapid tests are helpful: People on public transport in San Francisco offered PCR & BinaxNOW rapid #COVID19 test. PCR detected more positive people, but rapid test was excellent at detecting most people who were capable of transmission.
There are SO MANY concerns about rapid tests for the coronavirus but a real-world experiment in SF has found that Abbott's BinaxNOW is just as good as PCR at detecting people who are infectious
Great to see our work featured in the . Rapid test turnaround time is critical to reducing forward transmission. In partnership with we did a head-to-head comparison of the $5 Abbott BinaxNOW and PCR
EXCLUSIVE: A $5 rapid test for the coronavirus may be nearly as effective as the slower, more complex polymerase chain reaction test for identifying people who may spread the coronavirus, a novel experiment has found.
“This card will do pretty well at detecting the most infectious people, the people who are actually spreading virus,” Dr. Joe DeRisi tells about the BinaxNOW rapid #COVID19 test. “On the whole, I’m pretty encouraged and very optimistic.”
Proud of this work - lowering barrier to #covid testing, community partnership & important results on test performance in asymptomatics A Rapid Test Offers Hope for Community Screening
Lots more detail in the story about this clever real-world experiment. Feat. , Yuka Manabe, & Kelly Wroblewski, Joe DeRisi
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Very interesting study in several ways. 16 high-titer positives by PCR out of 878 BART riders, 10 low-titer. With high-titer period of ~1 week per infection, this suggests 16/878 = 1.8% of the sample population is getting COVID19 each week. That's high...
Some early data on using rapid antigen tests as a general screening tool. Sensitivity was about 58%. Could still be useful. This was a high risk population given 3% were infected. Also good there is work on how to give people economic ability to isolate.
A $5 rapid test for the coronavirus may be nearly as effective as the slower, more complex PCR test for identifying people who may spread the #coronavirus, a novel study by has found.