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COVID-19 rapid antigen tests with self-collected vs health care worker–collected nasal and throat swab specimens

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: This randomized clinical trial found that a single health care worker-collected throat specimen had higher sensitivity for rapid antigen testing for SARS-CoV-2 than a nasal specimen. In contrast, the self-collected nasal specimens had higher sensitivity than throat specimens for symptomatic participants. Adding a throat specimen to the standard practice of collecting a single nasal specimen could improve sensitivity for rapid antigen testing in health care and home-based settings. 

Authors: Tobias Todsen, M.D., Ph.D., of Copenhagen University Hospital in Copenhagen, is the corresponding author. 

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