Insensitive and Inefficient The Illusion of Rapid Antigen Tests

Germany is hoping that rapid antigen tests will help navigate the country out of the third coronavirus wave currently gripping the country. But they aren't up to the task. Other strategies could prove more effective.
A still from a video advertising the efficacy of rapid antigen tests in schools

A still from a video advertising the efficacy of rapid antigen tests in schools

Foto: Augsburger Puppenkiste / youtube
DER SPIEGEL 16/2021
SPIEGEL International
A famous puppet theater in Augsburg even made a video illustrating how to carry out rapid tests

A famous puppet theater in Augsburg even made a video illustrating how to carry out rapid tests

Foto: Augsburger Puppenkiste / youtube
"It is a potentially excellent technology because it is quick, sensitive and scalable."

Oliver Keppler, virologist from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich