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Antigen tests are being used widely but not properly – Holohan

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Tony Holohan has said antigen tests are being used widely across Ireland, but often not in line with public health guidelines.

The Government is expected to start subsidising the rapid tests for the general population in the near future.

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Holohan said that people with symptoms of Covid-19 should not use an antigen test, but instead should book a PCR test.

Holohan said: “The current situation is that antigen tests are widely available, they’re being widely used, but they’re not being properly used”.

“If you have symptoms, a PCR test is the right test. An antigen test is not the test for you,” he continued.

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“If you’re asymptomatic and you take an antigen test before you undertake some high-risk activity, you’re thinking of going to a wedding or something like that, whatever it might be, a positive result is what you should rely on.”

“If a result comes back positive, you stay away. If the result is negative, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have the disease,” he continued.

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