RT PCR molecular test remains as the “acceptable” COVID-19 test in SKN

RT PCR molecular test remains as the “acceptable” COVID-19 test in SKN

Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT PCR) molecular test, remains as the standard when testing for COVID-19 here in St. Kitts and Nevis. 

 

Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction is a laboratory technique combining reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction.

 

This test provides more accurate data.

 

However, according to healthcareitnews.com, the rapid test is widely inaccurate, giving false negatives and positives, offering an accuracy rate of just 30%. 

 

This, from the federation’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Hazel Laws. 

 

 

Meanwhile, under 1,700 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in St. Kitts. 

 

Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Hazel Laws.

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