Answers to Covid-19 Testing Confusion

Anna Minkina, a PhD candidate in genome sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, thoroughly explains PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and rapid-antigen tests for Covid-19 as well as their benefits and limits. “Simple solutions sell,” she warns. “Against a backdrop of a global pandemic and a monumentally important election, the illusion of a quick fix can be immensely alluring — and enormously dangerous.”

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