What is the difference between an antigen and a molecular test?

By |2022-05-19T23:02:46+00:00May 19th, 2022||

An antigen test, such as the SCoV-2 Ag Detect™ Rapid Self-Test, detects proteins from the virus. Molecular tests detect genetic material from the virus. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus, but not as sensitive as molecular tests. This means that a positive result is highly accurate, but a negative result does not rule out infection. [...]

What is serial testing?

By |2023-02-01T21:46:16+00:00May 19th, 2022||

Serial (repeat) testing is when a single person is tested for COVID-19 more than once. Because antigen tests are less sensitive than other COVID-19 tests and false results may occur, repeated testing may identify more individuals with COVID-19 infection than a single test. By repeating testing, it may be possible to identify cases of COVID-19 infection [...]

What are the known and potential risks and benefits of this tests?

By |2022-05-19T22:57:27+00:00May 19th, 2022||

Potential risks include possible discomfort during sample collection and/or possible incorrect tests results (refer to the “Understanding Your Test Results” section of the instructions). Potential benefits include helping your healthcare provider to make informed recommendations about your care and helping limit the spread of COVID-19 within your family and community.

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