The NSW government’s announcement of a $1,000 fine for failing to report a positive voluntary rapid antigen test will likely achieve the opposite of its intention.
Free rapid antigen tests makes public health sense and economic sense.
The prime minister’s inflexibility on the home-testing COVID tests is beyond curious - especially in an election year.
The key to rapid antigen testing is to test early in the course of COVID-19 infection, ideally several times 24 hours apart.
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Knowing when and how often to use rapid tests is key to getting an accurate picture of your COVID-19 status.
Plan ahead and wash your hands. These are just some of the tips to think about before taking a COVID rapid antigen test at home.
Unvaccinated people are ten times more likely to contract COVID, and more likely to pass it on than vaccinated people.
Pathology companies have recorded massive profits from COVID testing, with each PCR test attracting a Medicare rebate of A$85.
Rapid antigen testing might be convenient. But high prices for home kits will put people off, compounding disadvantage.
As Australia moves to the next phase of managing COVID-19, these tests will become more commonplace.
Rapid antigen COVID-19 tests, designed for use at home, can show results in 15 minutes.
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Making rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 cheaper and more accessible can catch the infectious cases before they spread and help everyone resume normal activities safely.
The evidence suggests antigen tests are most accurate when the viral load is highest and when a person is likely to be most infectious.