Episode 8 Part 1 – Rapid Testing with Dr Michael Mina MD, PhD

Dr Michael Mina MD, PhD is interviewed about Rapid Testing. We discuss the difference between PCR and rapid antigen testing with regards to detection of SARS-CoV-2; the sensitivity of rapid antigen tests and their ability to detect contagious people early and the use of CT values. We also explore how the Omicron variant affects our immune system, the incubation period of this variant and how the rapid antigen tests work in this scenario. A video version of this interview will be available soon on our YouTube Channel.

“TWiV 640: Test often, fast turnaround, with Michael Mina” – https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-640/

“Test sensitivity is secondary to frequency and turnaround time for COVID-19 screening” – https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/sciadv.abd5393

“COVID-19 testing: One size does not fit all” – https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abe9187

“Active epidemiological investigation on SARS-CoV-2 infection caused by Omicron variant (Pango lineage B.1.1.529) in Japan: preliminary report on infectious period” – https://www.niid.go.jp/niid/en/2019-ncov-e/10884-covid19-66-en.html

“To Interpret the SARS-CoV-2 Test, Consider the Cycle Threshold Value” – https://europepmc.org/article/pmc/pmc7314112

Twitter Feed for Dr Michael Mina – @michaelmina_lab

“COVID-19 Incidence and Death Rates Among Unvaccinated and Fully Vaccinated Adults with and Without Booster Doses During Periods of Delta and Omicron Variant Emergence — 25 U.S. Jurisdictions, April 4–December 25, 2021” –