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Poll: Would you take a weekly rapid home test for Covid-19?

Antigen tests are quicker but less accurate than the gold-standard PCR test.

Two members of the public take an antigen test as part of a screening programme.
Two members of the public take an antigen test as part of a screening programme.
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EVERYONE IN ENGLAND will be able to access two rapid Covid-19 tests per week under new plans to facilitate the easing of restrictions.

Antigen tests, such as the lateral flow test, provide a result in as little as 30 minutes, far quicker than the gold-standard PCR tests.

However, this speed comes at the expense of accuracy: one study suggests that antigen tests detect just 58% of asymptomatic positive cases when used by self-trained members of the public.

While this might provide a false sense of security, widespread use of rapid tests is seen as one potential method to detect asymptomatic cases which would otherwise be missed and could result in further cases – if people can be convinced to use the tests, that is.

Today we’re asking: Would you take a weekly free home test for Covid-19?


Poll Results:

Yes (11741)
No (2177)
Undecided (581)



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