Why rapid COVID tests aren’t more accurate and how scientists hope to improve them

Posted by on January 23, 2022 6:01 am
Categories: US National Stories

Rapid tests can help you figure out if you have been infected with the coronavirus. But how accurate are they? Scientists trying to find out whether they are less sensitive to omicron and why.

Recent research — and plenty of anecdotes — suggest some rapid tests may be less sensitive at detecting omicron if you don’t have symptoms. Here’s how researchers hope to make them more effective.

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