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amother




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Post Sun, Jan 02 2022, 9:59 am
I wasn't feeling well last week. I took a rapid and it was negative. The next day I took another rapid and again it was negative. Finally the following day I got a positive. What's interesting is that something similar happened to 2 of my kids in the past year. They had false negatives and were confirmed to be positive by on overnight PCR.


My doctor tells me the rapids are 85% accurate. My personal experience has been a disaster. What's everyone else experiencing with rapids?
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amother




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Post Sun, Jan 02 2022, 10:03 am
When they are positive, it is accurate usually. A lot more false negatives because if the viral load is smaller, it isn't so sensitive. My doctor says to not even take rapids just pcr for this reason.
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sky




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 02 2022, 10:09 am
In our family 3 out of 6 ppl had negative rapids And PCR were positives.

2 of the negatives had fever and symptoms at time of testing.

4 of the ppl had totally asymptomatic covid.
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ImmaBubby




 
 
 
 

Post Sun, Jan 02 2022, 10:15 am
If it's any consolation, I have had the same experience with rapid strep tests. I think you just sacrifice some accuracy with the rapids.
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