Why Rapid Coronavirus Tests in Schools May Not Be the 'Game Changer' Some Officials Hope For
October 13, 2020
School leaders around the country hope that a federal shipment of easy-to-use, rapid test kits will help them stop the coronavirus from spreading in their buildings—and will keep students and staff members who may otherwise have to quarantine in their classrooms.
To use an Abbott BinaxNow rapid antigen test, a medical professional rubs a swab inside a patient’s nostrils and then onto a small piece of cardboard the size of a credit card. The tests require no lab equipment and produce results within 15 minutes, much faster than the more accurate and more common COVID-19 tests, which typically produce results in two days.
Some state leaders have hailed the tests as a “game changer” for schools.