Danish health inspectorate: Rapid corona tests provide uncertain results

Rapid corona testPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB
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One in two corona-infected people who have taken a rapid test in Denmark received a negative response, figures from the country’s public health inspectorate show.

Thus, there is not only a great risk of false-positive results, as previously mentioned, but also of false-negative results, newspaper Politiken writes, referring to statistics from the Statens Serum Institut (SSI).

A total of 117,670 persons took both the rapid test and the ordinary corona test in the period between February 1 and March 23.

According to the ordinary tests, 4,069 of them were infected, but the rapid test showed only 2,159 cases of infection.

Thus, 1,910 people with coronavirus had received a negative test result. That makes up 47% of those infected who had been tested.

“Unfortunately, we have to state that rapid tests are quite imprecise,” Tyra Grove Krause, head of infection preparedness at the SSI, noted.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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