Coronavirus rapid antigen testing: Major step forward or false hope? | COVID-19 Special

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    A strong testing regime plays a key role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. But getting tested can be a major challenge. Several nations are developing rapid tests, that turn out results within minutes. In Germany the new antigen test is on the market now – it is not an antibody test or a regular lab test – it checks for the virus in people’s saliva and promises a result within 15 minutes, without a laboratory or doctor involved. But experts are concerned about their accuracy. How user friendly is the test and is it reliable? 

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