Coronavirus: antigenic tests, everything you need to know about these quick screenings

Published by Rizhlaine F. · Published on 4 November 2020 at 11h46 · Updated on 4 November 2020 at 14h33
To face the second coronavirus epidemic wave, new means are available in order to make screenings easier. The arrival of antigenic screen tests could be a game-changer: these quick screenings – even though less reliable than PCR tests – enable to get results within 15 minutes. Here is everything you need to know about them.

For many people, the second coronavirus epidemic wave in France looks familiar – in particular the nationwide lockdown renewed since October 30, 2020. But this time, there are differences in terms of screenings with the arrival and use of antigenic tests.

We have been hearing about them a lot lately. But what are they about and how could they be a game-changer? To put it in simple terms, these are quick tests with results available in 15 minutes. Even though they are less reliable that PCR tests (reliability below 60% according to the ARS), they can be use to smooth out screenings and lower waiting time to get a test and a result.

Since these quick screenings are less reliable that PCR tests, they are devoted to a certain category of patients: asymptomatic people and people showing symptoms for less than four days, but that have no risk factor likely to lead to severe coronavirus.

To complement the tests performed in laboratories, antigenic tests can be performed by your GP, a nurse or a pharmacist and upon appointment. The government also wishes to develop this screening method within airports.

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Facing the second coronavirus epidemic wave, France is placed into a new nationwide lockdown. Even though borders with countries part of the European Union remain open, quick “antigenic” tests are to be soon mandatory in airports. Therefore, starting November 7, 2020 every single passenger entering France will have to be tested, excluding those coming from European states.

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