Covid-19: Why Corona Rapid Tests Don’t Work

EFamily celebrations again, visits to the parents – antibody tests at home promise quick certainty whether you have already contracted Covid-19 and are immune to the virus. Such proof would be the first step towards a new normal.

WORLD: Many people remember a strangely long cold that they went through earlier this year. It could have been Covid-19, they think, one has heard of the many mild courses. Can you check this with antibody tests from the pharmacy?

Oliver T. Keppler: No, unfortunately the currently available ones are not really meaningful. The antibody tests that are currently offered for at home or “sometimes quickly at the family doctor” are neither sufficiently sensitive to detect an infection that has passed, nor – which is even more serious – …


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