New rapid tests should now facilitate the fight against the corona virus.
Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) presented the innovations to the test strategy in Austria on Wednesday. “We can now use antigen tests on a broad basis,” he says. These new tests deliver a result in around 15 minutes.
Doing an antigen test at the family doctor: Starting today, general practitioners can carry out antigen testing on a voluntary basis.
The cash register pays the costs: in order to be tested, symptoms of the coronavirus must exist, then the cash register pays the costs. An appointment is required for the test.
Several antigen tests are approved in Austria and are available in large quantities. Two million tests (PCR) have now been carried out in Austria.
The fact that the new antigen test has a higher error rate for negative results is causing discussion. At least the City of Vienna Health Department has had this experience. As a result, the antigen tests with negative results should be checked again. In contrast, the positive ones are currently being checked using a PCR test.
Anschober is now planning a fast troop
There should also be more staff so that contact persons can be found more quickly. In addition, the Ministry of Health has put together a rapid response group with AGES: 60 specialists are to be deployed wherever the situation is acute.
Comparison: If the rapid test is positive, it must be confirmed
➔ New antigen test: The new rapid test detects protein components typical of the corona virus and produces a result in around 15 minutes. The testing by smear must be carried out by medical staff. If the result is positive, a PCR test is required for confirmation.
➔ “Normal” PCR test: Samples taken with a throat swab are analyzed in the laboratory. There the genetic information of the virus – if available – is reproduced until the test is positive. The Ct value (cycle threshold) denotes the number of passes that are necessary until a positive result is established. From a Ct value of 30, infected people are no longer contagious. The PCR test is more accurate, but it also takes much longer than an antigen test.