The rise of lateral flow tests: are these ‘heroes’ of the pandemic here to stay?

Posted by on January 7, 2022 12:03 pm
Categories: Global Stories

After missteps and controversy, the quick and easy tests are well on way to becoming part of daily life

Once obscure diagnostic devices, lateral flow tests have had a rocky path to mainstream use, but some experts now view their rise to ubiquity as a “heroic” step in the fight against Covid-19 and say they could be here to stay.

As the first wave of Covid crashed down in early 2020 and governments scrambled to secure PPE, ventilators and reagents for laboratory testing, behind the scenes some had already foreseen a role for the pregnancy test-style kits.

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