what is antigen testing?


what is antigen testing?

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Ahmed Ragab 1 year 2021-06-16T17:25:46+00:00 1 Answer 16 views 0

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    A rapid antigen test (RAT), sometimes called a rapid antigen detection test (RADT) or often even just a rapid test, is a rapid diagnostic test suitable for point-of-care testing that directly detects the presence or absence of an antigen. It is commonly used for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Rapid tests are a type of lateral flow tests that detect protein, distinguishing it from other medical tests that detect antibodies (antibody tests) or nucleic acid (nucleic acid tests), of either laboratory or point-of-care types. Rapid tests generally give a result in 5 to 30 minutes, require minimal training or infrastructure, and have significant cost advantages.

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