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World antigenic tests and autototes: the cold can distort the

11:08  28 january  2022
11:08  28 january  2022 Source:   europe1.fr

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Winter temperatures, sometimes negative, are well established for a few days in France. And it is not without consequence on the antigenic tests and the autototes that the French are many to perform in recent weeks. An antigenic test that takes cold is potentially a false result.

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Attention to the storage of autototes

The kits must be stored between 2 and 30 degrees and to correctly perform the test, the outside temperature must not fall below a certain threshold. The samples made under the white tents, in the middle of winter, therefore pose the problem as explains Gilles Bonnefond , spokesman for the union of pharmacists of pharmacists. "You have to be above 7-8 degrees," he says. "Including, the result will not be reliable."

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"With the cold, if the person stores the tests in the barnum and performs the test in the barnum, we can have the test that does not work at all," he says. "We can also have false positives."

A consequence that can be the same for self-ins. If you keep them in your car to track the kids before going to school for example, or for you, by security, railway to the false results. To be sure to have a correct result, store them at home, sheltered from the cold and perform your test at room temperature.

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