Are Antigens the Answer to Coronavirus Testing?
Clinical laboratory testing is playing a critical role in efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it’s by diagnosing patients with the novel coronavirus or screening the general public to determine the full extent of the outbreak. AACC asked leading laboratory experts to answer the most common questions about COVID-19 testing that we’ve been hearing from the public, so that people can better understand the testing for this virus and make informed decisions if they ever need to seek it out.
Now that lab experts are developing COVID-19 antigen tests, AACC President Dr. Carmen Wiley explains how these tests work. Compared with current coronavirus tests, these new tests will be easier to scale up and offer widely—but will they also be less accurate?