What is a rapid test? This test detects protein fragments specific to the Coronavirus.
Who should get a rapid test? Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone exposed to COVID-19: test 5-7 days after the exposure if NO symptoms.
Are rapid tests accurate? In those who don’t have symptoms, the false negative rate – negative test, but you do have the virus – can be as high as 50%.
The false positive rate – positive test, but you do not have the virus – is very low. If you test positive on a rapid test, you likely have the virus.