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PEI examines sensitivity: Omikron rapid test list still needs time

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PEI examines sensitivity: Omikron rapid test list still needs time

Friday January 14, 2022

PEI examines the sensitivity of the Omicron rapid test list still needs time

It is still unclear how well the various corona antigen tests respond to the omicron variant. The Paul Ehrlich Institute is currently working on a detailed list. It will probably take a few weeks before the first results are available.
The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) expects the first results for the planned positive list of rapid corona tests at the end of February, which can also reliably detect the omicron variant. “These tests require omicron-contaminated samples with different virus loads,” Klaus Cichutek, President of the Paul Ehrlich Institute, told the editorial network Germany (RND). Cichutek emphasized that these experimental studies must be carried out carefully and with quality assurance, “so that according to current planning, the first results can be expected at the end of February.” The Paul Ehrlich Institute is currently designing an exemplary analysis of antigen tests with a view to their sensitivity to the omicron variant, the head of the institute explained. Cichutek also told the RND not to rely entirely on the safety of the antigen tests. “It is important to note that antigen testing was not designed to provide a definitive diagnosis of Sars-CoV-2 infection, but rather to quickly and easily identify people with a high viral load and at risk of spreading their infection to contacts identify them to prevent them from passing the infection on to contacts.” Only the much more sensitive PCR tests, which were the gold standard in Sars-CoV-2 diagnostics, were suitable for a reliable diagnosis.


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