Antigen tests for COVID-19 are fast and easy – and could solve the coronavirus testing problem despite being somewhat inaccurate

An antigen test was given emergency use authorization by the FDA in early May. A biochemist explains how COVID-19 antigen tests work.

Eugene Wu, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Richmond • conversation
May 29, 2020 ~9 min

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Rapid home-based coronavirus tests are coming together in research labs — we’re working on analyzing spit using advanced CRISPR gene editing techniques

Testing for coronavirus has been a fiasco in the US. But now companies are developing super fast tests, including ones that might eventually be as simple as at home pregnancy tests.

Piyush K. Jain, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, UF Health Cancer Center, University of Florida • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

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Coronavirus: how accurate are coronavirus tests?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it's best to assume you have it – even if your test is negative.

Penny Whiting, Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  coronavirus  covid-19-testing  coronavirus-symptoms  antibody-testing

Coronavirus: how accurate are COVID-19 tests?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it's best to assume you have it – even if your test is negative.

Penny Whiting, Associate Professor in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  coronavirus  covid-19-testing  coronavirus-symptoms  antibody-testing

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