In this week's edition of the Covid Q&A, Bloomberg writer Kristen Brown looks at how to have a safe holiday with a few Thanksgiving-themed questions from around the newsroom. Professor Chris Martin weighs in on a question about rapid testing:
What's the best way to use rapid tests, if a bunch of family are staying together?
“Rapid, or antigen, testing is fast, convenient, and can provide much-needed peace of mind for the holidays,” Dr. Martin said. Still, he stresses that these tests are less sensitive than other tests performed in a health care setting, like PCR tests.
“Because of this, rapid testing should never replace other measures, which start before the Thanksgiving gathering,” he said.