Clarify the Role of Rapid Antigen Tests for COVID-19

Some pharmacies will be administering rapid antigen tests (Abbott Panbio, BD Veritor) to detect active COVID-19 infection.

These use a nasopharyngeal or nasal swab...give results in about 15 minutes...and cost about $40 per test.

The gold standard for detecting COVID-19 infection in Canada is molecular, or PCR, testing in labs...which detect RNA from SARS-CoV-2.

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