RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg
RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg

Explainer |
Could a coronavirus test be as simple and fast as a pregnancy test?

  • Without a vaccine, quicker diagnosis and quarantine could be the answer to stopping the pandemic, some scientists argue
  • Various technologies are in development but the question is how accurate do they need to be?

Topic |   Disease
RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg
RT-PCR tests for the coronavirus are very accurate but required skilled technicians and must be done in a laboratory. Photo: Bloomberg
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