Rapid Antigen Testing Helping Germany Prevent A Second Wave of Infection

15th October 2020

German news broadcaster RTL: Nord have recently featured MEDsan’s rapid Antigen tests in an investigative piece about how rapid testing should help the country get a better grip on the pandemic and fight a second wave of infection.

Usual PCR tests can take up to 72 hours to generate results. With rapid antigen tests, results are given within just a few minutes. The swab samples of rapid tests are not laboriously examined for the genetic make up of the virus, but rather for molecules that are characteristic of the virus. By using rapid testing, precious time can be saved, during which people already infected could be infecting others.

MEDsan’s rapid antigen test, manufactured in Germany by Hamburg-based sanaGroup, is one of the fastest available and, with an accuracy of 96%, one of the most accurate on the market.

Rapid testing is particularly useful in group situations such as events and travel.

Dr Dirk Heinrich, Association of Statutory Insurance Physicians, Hamburg said “It would be great if patients knew within an hour if they were infected or not.”

For more information about MEDsan’s rapid antigen tests, please contact [email protected].

Full transcript of the video

Infection numbers are rising. Yesterday, the Federal Government agreed to new measures as nobody knows what lies ahead for us in the coming Autumn and Winter – how many people will be infected by the virus. Rapid tests would help to get a better grip on the pandemic.

My colleague, Karsten Krönke, has been looking into this.

Those tested for coronavirus must wait at least one day; sometimes up to 72 hours before the result is available. At least that’s the case with the usual PCR test. Antigen Rapid Tests, on the other hand, are faster. Here, the swab samples are not laboriously examined for the genetic makeup of the virus – but for molecules that are characteristic of the viruses. The result then appears in this small cassette, in a similar way to a pregnancy test.

Dr Theresa Nuguid, Chemist:
“Here are the two letters. First, “C” – that’s the control line for the internal control. From this we can tell if the test functioned correctly. Then we have the “T” line. That’s the test line, if you see that a line appears there, that means it’s a positive result. If there’s no line there, it’s a negative result.” One of the fastest Rapid Tests currently on the market, say researchers in Hamburg-based sanaGroup, who developed the procedure. So, valuable time can be saved, during which people already infected could infect others. The Rapid Test is particularly useful in situations where the risk of a SARS-CoV-2 infection is higher than out in the fresh air.

Dr Thomas Wüstefeld, Managing Director, sanaGroup:
“Of course to establish, at major events, if there’s an infected group of people or not. Also with travel: flights, travel by ship – wherever many people gather together. People from different areas, different families and backgrounds”. A test result in only a quarter of an hour seems hard to imagine for experts.

Dr Dirk Heinrich, Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Hamburg:
“That’s probably the pure test time. In addition, there’s the swab taking process. It takes about half an hour to three quarters of an hour in total on site. But of course it would be great if patients could know in an hour if they’re positive or not.” With the Coronavirus Rapid test, the Hamburg researchers say they have a hit rate of 96 per cent, when it comes to actually detecting the virus. Rapid clarity, which is becoming increasingly important in the struggle against the virus.