December 4, 2023

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Rapid antigen tests should still be used for COVID-19, but some brands are better than others

OK, hands up — who has a stockpile of COVID rapid antigen tests in the cupboard?

As COVID continues to do the rounds you may find yourself reaching for one of those tests. But your RAT test could give you a bum steer on whether you are infected with Sars-CoV-2 or not if it has passed its expiry date.

Even if the test is still current – and has been stored at the right temperature – the result may still not be accurate. 

While some of the blame for this lies with us not using RATs correctly, a new study suggests manufacturers have also overstated the accuracy of their tests.

So what’s the story, and what can be done to increase test accuracy?