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Janice Stein is co-author of new study on false-positive rates of COVID rapid antigen testing

January 17, 2022

Growing concerns about the accuracy of rapid antigen testing for COVID-19 have sparked across the nation as the mutation of new variants poses a threat to reopening and worker safety. These tests, known for their rapid results, have become heavily dependent on asymptomatic workers across Canada. The possibility of inaccurate testing can trigger a new wave of infections.

A new study, co-authored by Janice Stein, Belzberg professor of conflict management at the Department of Political Science and founding director of the Munk School, examines the accuracy of rapid antigen tests on the occurrence of false-positive results across 537 workplaces and above. 90,000 test results. The results show a low proportion of false positives.

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