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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Glock17193643, Aug 12, 2020.
How accurate are the rapid test?
It depends on what's being tested.
I assume you mean Covid-19 testing. I have read/heard conflicting reports so who knows.
Would you believe it if you were told?
Supposedly the rapid test is only 70 percent accurate if the viral count is low, in which case you wouldn't be contagious.
The approved test which is more accurate, takes 7 to ten days to get the results and is 100 percent accurate to test negative if the viral count is low but in 7 to ten days after testing the viral count could rise and then you'd be contagious after testing negative for the virus.
The rapid test can be self-administered and costs only a dollar so you could check periodically for the virus and know immediately if you were infected. It could also be made available to more people fo raa much lower cost.
That's actually a good point. I would always have doubt if correct. It's just human nature not to.
I had my yearly physical the other day.
It was mentioned but we both agreed it would be a waste for me to be tested.
The results would be worthless.
What's good one day is only good for that one day.
The RT-PCR test is the gold standard, usually (usually) lights up as soon as you’re shedding virus. The 15 minute test you get at the doctors office requires a higher viral load to light up. The window when you’ll test positive is more narrow; entirely possible you’ll be contagious a day or more before the test detects virus. But the bright side is that it’s actually actionable info. You can quarantine right then. Even when things were less backlogged, the PCR tests were impractical. A three day turnaround time is three days you’re either spreading the virus or wasting time at home because you got allergies. I’ve had both tests, both were negative.
If the FDA will quit *****footing around, we could have at-home tests. They’d miss catching the infection early on, but would still prevent days worth of spreading. It might miss day 1 of pre-symptomatic contagion, but catch day 2 and 3. These need to be made available to the American people ASAP. Deployed in workplaces, schools, etc.
I hope you studied for it.
I didn’t even get tested, they could tell I had it from the sores on my lip.
We are taking about the herp, right?