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SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Individuals on the University of Arizona Campus

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Biorepository, College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona Health Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Immunobiology & Medicine, College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona Health Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona Genetics Core, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Athletic, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Data Science Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Surgery, College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Medicine, University of Arizona-Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine-Tucson, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Department of Pathology, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Office of the Senior Vice-President for Health Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA
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Academic Editor: David G. Alleva
Biomedicines 2021, 9(5), 539; https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9050539
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 29 April 2021 / Accepted: 5 May 2021 / Published: 12 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular and Translational Medicine)
SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID19, has caused a pandemic that has infected more than 80 M and killed more than 1.6 M persons worldwide. In the US as of December 2020, it has infected more than 32 M people while causing more than 570,000 deaths. As the pandemic persists, there has been a public demand to reopen schools and university campuses. To consider these demands, it is necessary to rapidly identify those individuals infected with the virus and isolate them so that disease transmission can be stopped. In the present study, we examined the sensitivity of the Quidel Rapid Antigen test for use in screening both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals at the University of Arizona from June to August 2020. A total of 885 symptomatic and 1551 asymptomatic subjects were assessed by antigen testing and real-time PCR testing. The sensitivity of the test for both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons was between 82 and 90%, with some caveats. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapid antigen test; PCR; SARS-CoV-2; asymptomatic; diagnostic screening rapid antigen test; PCR; SARS-CoV-2; asymptomatic; diagnostic screening
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Harris, D.T.; Badowski, M.; Jernigan, B.; Sprissler, R.; Edwards, T.; Cohen, R.; Paul, S.; Merchant, N.; Weinkauf, C.C.; Bime, C.; Erickson, H.E.; Bixby, B.; Parthasarathy, S.; Chaudhary, S.; Natt, B.; Cristan, E.; El Aini, T.; Rischard, F.; Campion, J.; Chopra, M.; Insel, M.; Sam, A.; Knepler, J.L.; Knox, K.; Mosier, J.; Spier, C.; Dake, M.D. SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Individuals on the University of Arizona Campus. Biomedicines 2021, 9, 539. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9050539

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Harris DT, Badowski M, Jernigan B, Sprissler R, Edwards T, Cohen R, Paul S, Merchant N, Weinkauf CC, Bime C, Erickson HE, Bixby B, Parthasarathy S, Chaudhary S, Natt B, Cristan E, El Aini T, Rischard F, Campion J, Chopra M, Insel M, Sam A, Knepler JL, Knox K, Mosier J, Spier C, Dake MD. SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Individuals on the University of Arizona Campus. Biomedicines. 2021; 9(5):539. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9050539

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Harris, David T., Michael Badowski, Brandon Jernigan, Ryan Sprissler, Taylor Edwards, Randall Cohen, Stephen Paul, Nirav Merchant, Craig C. Weinkauf, Christian Bime, Heidi E. Erickson, Billie Bixby, Sairam Parthasarathy, Sachin Chaudhary, Bhupinder Natt, Elaine Cristan, Tammer El Aini, Franz Rischard, Janet Campion, Madhav Chopra, Michael Insel, Afshin Sam, James L. Knepler, Kenneth Knox, Jarrod Mosier, Catherine Spier, and Michael D. Dake 2021. "SARS-CoV-2 Rapid Antigen Testing of Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Individuals on the University of Arizona Campus" Biomedicines 9, no. 5: 539. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9050539

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