What is the difference between antigen and PCR testing for SARS-CoV2?

written by Carina Kandler at Nov 9, 2020 8:24:43 AM

While a PCR test detects the genetic material of a virus, an antigen test detects the protein (the protein envelope) of the virus. However, today's topic is not concerned with the medical differentiation or processing of the procedure, but with the procedure and explanation of which test should be used and when. This blog post is about the difference between antigen testing and PCR testing and the question of when which test is appropriate in the current pandemic.

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Topics: Anti gen, PCR, Test methodes