Why testing matters

Why testing matters

Testing is the only way to safeguard physical health and enable economic recovery by protecting society from devastating diseases. Testing saves lives by ensuring that patients are given appropriate treatment and are isolated to reduce the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, testing for immunity is crucial for enabling economic recovery by allowing immune individuals to return to work.

But the accuracy of tests is key, and the difference between 95% and 99% is startling. Imagine testing 1 million people for the virus, 10% of whom have the virus. With a sensitivity level of 99.6%, 400 people will be falsely diagnosed as negative. With a sensitivity level of 95%, 5,000 will be falsely diagnosed as negative. The impact of that, factoring in exponential spread of the disease, is colossal.

ABC Labs offers all tests with a >98% sensitivity , because that’s what society needs. 

Watch our Medical Director Ola Winqvist, Professor of Clinical Immunology, explain more about PCR tests detecting the Corona virus and serology testing for Covid-19 immunity.


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