Antigen and Molecular Tests

Diagnostic tests are used to detect current, active infections of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Diagnostic tests can be antigen based (“rapid antigen” tests), which look for protein markers on the outside of the virus, or they can be molecular based (including PCR, LAMP, CRISPR), which look for viral genomic material specific to SARS-CoV-2. Molecular based tests that amplify genetic material are also called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT). 

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