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NPHET concerned over incorrect use of antigen tests

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has “legitimate concerns” that antigen tests are not being used appropriately, Professor Philip Nolan has said.

Nolan claimed that NPHET’s data shows that antigen tests are not being used well.

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“For instance, of people who used an antigen test in the last week or so, for those who were symptomatic and had a positive antigen test, less than a third of them went on to get the confirmatory PCR test,” he said.

“It is important that the right test is used in the right way at the right time”.

He said that the rapid tests should only be used if someone is an asymptomatic close contact or an asymptomatic person involved in higher risk activities.

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He said people should not use antigen tests if they have symptoms of Covid-19, but should get a PCR test instead.

IMAGE – PA IMAGES/”Negative Covid-19 / SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen” by Marco Verch (CC BY 2.0)

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