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Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) for COVID-19

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Rapid antigen testing (RAT) is a type of test used to detect COVID-19. RAT involves swabbing the nose or mouth and then placing the swab in a chemical solution. It works by detecting and reacting to proteins (antigens) on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

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Rapid antigen testing (RAT) is a type of test used to detect COVID-19. RAT involves swabbing the nose or mouth and then placing the swab in a chemical solution. It works by detecting and reacting to proteins (antigens) on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

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Amanda Beveridge
09 Jan 2022
Very informative
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DEBORAH DOHNT
07 Jan 2022
Important new testing
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Stephen Barnes
23 Oct 2021
Easy to follow
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Julie Chacko
19 Oct 2021
informative
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Rita Hawzi
06 Feb 2022
Clear and concise
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Rebekah Szabo
10 Jan 2022
Great
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Judith Mullins
27 Dec 2021
Great learning tool. I'm a little confused about not using the test on someone who has symptoms as the resource states not to be used if patient has symptoms. Later in the text it states the RAT is able detect a potential case in the first week of symptoms. Is this because someone with symptoms should have a PCR?
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Amanda JHawkins
01 Nov 2021
Easy to understand and concise
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Rosemary Maminimini
18 Jan 2022
Was easy to understand.
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07 Jan 2022
Great basic knowledge for health professionals
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