Danish study: Rapid corona tests are better than previously thought

Rapid corona testPhoto: Håkon Mosvold Larsen / NTB

According to a new Danish study, the so-called rapid tests for coronavirus manage to detect 70% of the cases detected by regular corona tests.

The Danish Rigshospitalet announced the results of the research on Tuesday. 

The study was carried out by testing 4,697 people with both a regular PCR test and a quick test between Christmas and New Year.

The result is far better than the finding previously made in a French report, which concluded that the rapid tests capture 55% of the cases that regular tests do.

However, in 13% of the cases where the rapid test was positive, the PCR test was negative, which was treated as a false positive in the study.

Used in Norway

Rapid tests are also in use in Norway, but to a somewhat lesser extent than in Denmark. 

While the PCR test must be analyzed in a laboratory, and it can take several days before the patient gets a result, the rapid test can give a result in as little as a quarter of an hour.

The National Institute of Public Health (FHI) guidelines state that people who do not have symptoms should take a PCR test if they get a positive result on the rapid test.

Source: #Norway Today, #NorwayTodayNews

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