Just as COVID is surging, test accuracy has plunged. Now what?Just as COVID is surging, test accuracy has plunged. Now what?
Fast-mutating variants of the Omicron COVID-19 strain have made rapid tests for the virus much less accurate and liable to provide an inaccurate diagnosis in four out of 10 cases.
Doctors say the development is a major health dilemma.
The federal government has announced that funding would be cut for subsidies to drop the price of rapid antigen tests (RATs).
The decision has drawn criticism from pharmacists and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
But the vice president of the Australian Medical Association, Chris Moy, says taking steps to offset the tests’ falling accuracy and prevent them from being overused was far more important than ensuring they could be easily accessed.