Germany will study the accuracy of the rapid test for the Omicron
Germany will study how reliable fast tests are in detecting the Omicron variant of Covid-19 as it is estimated that about 40% of fast tests give "false negative" answers, which means that the person is negative with the virus, even why it may be infected with the new variant.
"We do not know exactly how well these tests work for Omicron," said German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, adding that the results of the study would be made available within the next few weeks.
"It is clear, however, that the alternative of not testing at all ... would be much more dangerous," said Lauterbach, a scientist and physician.
Late last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also said in a statement that rapid coronavirus tests appear to be less sensitive to Omicron than to previous variants.
"Early data suggest that antigen tests detect the Omicron variant, but may have reduced sensitivity," the FDA said at the time.