COVID-19 Tests ... How Reliable Are They?

Demand for evidence COVID-19 in Mexico has increased before the fourth wave of infections by the omicron variant, causing long lines in pharmacies and laboratories to obtain the test.

Before this panorama, it is appropriate to know its reliability and status in the country.

Through the official site of the Ministry of Health (SSa) of the Federal Government, a list of antigen tests was published useful for SARS-CoV-2 during the pandemic by COVID-19 in Mexico.

In this table of the Undersecretariat of Prevention and Health Promotion in collaboration with the InDRE General Directorate of Epidemiology, you can consult the names of the tests, manufacturers, as well as the positive and negative agreement of each of them.

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With update to November 9, 2021, it can be seen that the test with the highest sensitivity is Panbio COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device (Nasal) manufacturer Abbott Rapid Diagnostics Jena GmbH with 94.12 percent.

They are followed by Standard Q Covid-19 Ag Nasal Test de la marca SD Biosensor Inc. with 91.50 percent, and Ecotest Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Device from manufacturer Assure Tech (Hangzhou) Co., Ltd. with 90.76 percent.

Also appear Covi-stix Covid-19 virus rapid antigen detection test from the manufacturer Shengshou Fortune Bioscience Co-Ltd with 91.89 percent; GeneFinder Covid-19 Ag Rapid Test from Osang Healthcare Co. Ltd with 90.16 percent, and finally Standard Q Covid-19 Ag Test from SD Biosensor, Inc with 93.12 percent.

The demand for evidence has risen so much that the Head of Government From Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that in recent days they have made approximately 30 thousand tests a day.

In accordance with Hugo Lopez-Gatell, undersecretary of Health, the shortage of tests is a situation derived from a lack of tests worldwide due to the limited capacity for its production.

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