Coronavirus Antigen Tests Could Increase Testing Capacity : Short Wave There's a difference between diagnostic, antibody, and antigen tests. All provide different levels of reliability and speed.

NPR health correspondent Rob Stein breaks down the differences and explains why public health officials are especially hopeful about antigen testing.

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We Need More Coronavirus Testing. Are Antigen Tests The Answer?

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We Need More Coronavirus Testing. Are Antigen Tests The Answer?

We Need More Coronavirus Testing. Are Antigen Tests The Answer?

We Need More Coronavirus Testing. Are Antigen Tests The Answer?

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A health worker takes a drop of blood for the COVID-19 antibody test after at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center on May 5 in Torrance, California. Antibody tests are not completely reliable. Scientists hope another testing method — antigen testing — may help the U.S. test more people. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A health worker takes a drop of blood for the COVID-19 antibody test after at the Diagnostic and Wellness Center on May 5 in Torrance, California. Antibody tests are not completely reliable. Scientists hope another testing method — antigen testing — may help the U.S. test more people.

Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

There's a difference between diagnostic, antibody, and antigen tests. All provide different levels of reliability and speed.

NPR health correspondent Rob Stein breaks down the differences and explains why public health officials are especially hopeful about antigen testing.

Find out how your state is doing on overall testing.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, edited by Viet Le, and fact-checked by Emily Vaughn.