As cases of the coronavirus continue to spike, many people are questioning what is the best way to get tested.
Rapid tests have been a powerful resource in the fight against the coronavirus, they are inexpensive and provide results in 15 minutes or less.
But some people have questioned the accuracy of rapid tests.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested some of these rapid tests might be less sensitive to the omicron variant.
Dr. Elizabeth Forrester, the co-founder of Athena Esoterix, echoed those concerns.
"They were developed basically against the spike protein of the previous variant and so when that spike protein changes it makes it harder for that antigen to recognize or to react to the variant," Forrester said.
A new study looked at the accuracy of one of the most popular rapid tests, Abbott BinaxNOW Antigen test.
Researchers looked at more than 700 people involved in testing in San Fransisco earlier this month.
It showed rapid tests detected 95% of infections for people with high viral load.
These are the same rapid tests that the Hamilton County Health Department has handed out amid the recent surges in cases.
Regardless, the study still found these rapid tests missed 35% of all cases confirmed by PCR tests with any viral load.
"You know, I'm glad that we have them I mean it does help someone at home but if you are experiencing symptoms and you have a negative rapid test the recommendation is to follow up by PCR," Forrester said.
If you are interested in being tested for COVID-19, we have a list of testing sites posted on our website.