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Interim guidance for rapid antigen testing for SARS-CoV-2
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    Updated Aug. 29, 2020

    Note: Antigen tests can be used in a variety of testing strategies to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. This interim guidance is intended for clinicians who order antigen tests, receive antigen test results, and/or perform point of care testing, as well as for laboratory professionals who perform antigen testing in a laboratory setting or at the point of care and report those results. The purpose of this interim technical guidance is to support the most effective use of antigen tests for different testing situations. This guidance applies to all uses of antigen tests and is not specific to the application of antigen tests to any particular age group or setting. This guidance supplements and is consistent with CDC’s Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 guidance. CDC has also provided a summary of considerations for using antigen tests in nursing home facilities.

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    Definitions of Diagnostic, Screening, and Surveillance Testing for SARS-CoV-2 -- Rapid Antigen Testing for SARS-CoV-2 -- Summary Tables.
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