Sensitivity of COVID-19 rapid tests oversold, study suggests

A Cochrane review found generally lower sensitivity than stated in the product inserts.

Patients using home self-tests for COVID-19 are receiving “overly optimistic” suggestions of accuracy from the product inserts, a systematic review says.

This is “probably leading to flawed clinical and public health decision-making” by overestimating the tests’ sensitivity, according to the researchers from Australia, Canada and Germany.