Molecular accuracy vs antigenic speed: SARS-CoV-2 testing strategies

Fajardo Á, Perbolianachis P, Ferreiro I, Moreno P, Moratorio G

10.1016/j.coph.2021.12.006 21/12/2021

PMID: 35042168


The pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has hit every corner of the world faster than any infectious disease ever known. In this context, rapid and accurate testing of positive cases are essential to follow the test-trace-isolate strategy (TETRIS), which has proven to be a key approach to constrain viral spread. Here, we discuss how to interpret and combine molecular or/and antigen-based detection methods for SARS-CoV-2 as well as when they should be used. Their application can be cleverly designed as an algorithm to prevent viral dissemination according to distinct epidemiological contexts within surveillance programs.

Keywords: Antigenic test; RT-PCR; SARS-CoV-2; Testing strategies.