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Routine antigen testing is not a substitute for healthcare worker vaccination against SARS-CoV-2

Mary Elizabeth Sexton,

Abstract: The utility of rapid antigen testing for SARS-CoV-2 is measured within the context for which it is applied; diagnostic accuracy must be considered in determining if rapid antigen testing is appropriate for the clinical situation. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology , J.N. Kanji et al (J Clin Microbiol 59:e01411-21, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1128/JCM.01411-21 ) evaluate two rapid antigen tests that demonstrate high false-positive rates in asymptomatic healthcare workers. The assays may not be useful in situations where there is a shortage of staff, such as healthcare, since isolation would occur unnecessarily for these employees.
Keywords: antigen testing / vaccination / healthcare workers / CoV / Kanji / Routine / unnecessarily

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