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Covid-19: Lateral flow tests in children fail minimum performance standards, study finds

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 19 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o132
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Many lateral flow antigen tests commonly used to detect covid-19 in children fall short of the minimum standards set by the World Health Organization, as well as UK and US regulators, researchers have said.1

The research team from the University of Manchester and Germany’s Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care analysed 17 studies (12 peer reviewed and five preprints) published in English between January 2020 and May 2021. These involved 6355 children who used eight antigen tests from six different brands. The team compared the accuracy of lateral flow tests with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

The paper, …

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