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Jakarta Post

Widespread use of rapid tests raises questions

  • Ardila Syakriah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 15 2020   /  01:00 am
Petugas Dinas Kesehatan menata perangkat tes cepat COVID-19 milik para atlet di Kantor KONI, Malang, Jawa Timur, Selasa (12/5/2020). Ratusan atlet dari berbagai cabang olah raga menjalani tes cepat untuk memastikan kesehatan sekaligus mengantisipasi penyebaran COVID-19 terutama bagi atlet yang pulang setelah mengikuti pelatihan di luar negeri atau luar daerah. (Antara/Ari Bowo Sucipto)

The widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling in Indonesia, has sparked concerns among experts, who called for better government control over their use. Post-market surveillance on rapid antibody test brands used in the country carried out by the Association of Indonesia's Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine specialists (PDS PatKLIn) showed that many of them had sensitivity and specificity lower than 50 percent, the association's chairwoman, Aryati, said. "With low sensitivity, chances of false negatives are high [...] While with low specificity, chances for false positives are high," Aryati, also a professor at Surabaya’s Airlangga University, told The Jakarta Post, on Monday. The COVID-19 task force has recommended 155 brands from various produ...