The McMaster Demystifying Medicine Seminar Series is both an undergraduate course (HTS 4DM3) where students create well-researched videos and podcasts to further Knowledge Translation and Communication in the fields of science, technology, and medicine, as well as a collection where faculty and trainees present pathologies, patient diagnoses and therapies of major diseases and current research. This is designed to help increase the understanding of how advances in biology can be applied to diseases and discusses frequently emerging scientific, medical and ethical areas of interest.
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This video provides an overview of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. It may be difficult to categorize and understand which methods of COVID-19 tests are available. The video outlines the different types of COVID-19 tests but places a focus on the rapid antigen tests. The rapid antigen test is also compared to other kinds of tests in this video. The rapid tests identify COVID-19 by detecting viral antigens, which are special proteins found on the virus. These are different from the well-known PCR tests that identify the genetic material of the virus in order to detect it.
This video also describes the process of taking a rapid test at home. Test kits can be bought at your local pharmacy and include all materials and instructions needed. These tests should only be performed if you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Getting tested for COVD-19 regularly is the best way to detect the virus early, especially if you are unvaccinated or have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
This video is provided for general and educational information only. Please consult your health care provider for Information about your health.