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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:07 PM

A Rapid Test Offers Hope for Community Screening

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.

The study, conducted by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, is among the first head-to-head comparisons of a rapid test and the P.C.R. diagnostic tool under real-world conditions.

But the number of participants was comparatively small, and the data have not been peer-reviewed or published. A rapid test still cannot conclusively determine that an individual is not infected; the tests are intended primarily to detect the presence of high levels of the virus, rather than its absence, and are authorized only to evaluate symptomatic people.

At the moment, anyone who has been exposed to the virus should be tested by P.C.R., said Joseph DeRisi, an infectious disease expert at U.C.S.F. and a co-leader of the project.


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nycbos Oct 17 #1

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 01:28 PM

1. If this is true this is very good news.

To my understanding, the current rapid tests that are being used aren't very accurate. Do to the fact they are showing a high rate of both false negatives and false positives

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