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The sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 rapid tests describes the likelihood of a positive test result that is correctly identified as positive.
Sensitivity therefore tells you how likely you are to get a positive test result if you are actually positive.
Example of use: The sensitivity of a rapid test is approximately 96.5%. This means:
This is the reason why positive test results should always be checked with a more accurate PCR test in the laboratory.
The specificity of tests describes the probability that a negative test result is actually negative. So specificity says: how likely you are to get a negative test result and actually be negative.
Example of use: The specificity of a rapid antigen test is approximately 99.7%. This means:
The mean value of sensitivity and specificity is often summarised as test accuracy. It is important to actually look at both values when choosing a particular test.
Example of use: If the sensitivity of an antigen test is 96.5% and the specificity is 99.7%, the test accuracy is 98.1%.
The mean value of sensitivity and specificity is often summarised as test accuracy. It is important to actually look at both values when choosing a particular test.
Example of use: If the sensitivity of an antigen test is 96.5% and the specificity is 99.7%, the test accuracy is 98.1%.
The mean value of sensitivity and specificity is often summarised as test accuracy. It is important to actually look at both values when choosing a particular test.
Example of use: If the sensitivity of an antigen test is 96.5% and the specificity is 99.7%, the test accuracy is 98.1%.
The mean value of sensitivity and specificity is often summarised as test accuracy. It is important to actually look at both values when choosing a particular test.
Example of use: If the sensitivity of an antigen test is 96.5% and the specificity is 99.7%, the test accuracy is 98.1%.
The mean value of sensitivity and specificity is often summarised as test accuracy. It is important to actually look at both values when choosing a particular test.
Example of use: If the sensitivity of an antigen test is 96.5% and the specificity is 99.7%, the test accuracy is 98.1%.