CTT #55: Can I trust the results of at-home Covid-19 tests?

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These days, it seems just about every decision comes with risk: Should I invite friends or family over? Should I dine out? Can I safely return to work or school?

To help people make safer, smarter decisions about their health, the federal government is now offering every American home four free at-home Covid-19 testing kits. It’s a step in the right direction, but many questions remain: Are these tests reliable? What are the chances of a false-negative result? What else can I do to protect my family?

In this episode of Coronavirus: The Truth, Jeremy Corr and Dr. Robert Pearl discuss the accuracy and intended uses of various Covid-19 tests, the importance of testing in the face of Omicron, along with the following [time stamped] questions:

[00:58] Each show begins with the most recent and relevant facts concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on American life. What’s happening and what does it mean?

[06:00] Why did the CDC shorten its quarantine recommendations from 10 days to 5 days for Omicron infection?

[12:05] How are political officials handling Omicron information transparency?

[14:10] What’s wrong with rapid at-home (antigen-based) testing kits?

[18:13] What’s the latest on vaccine mandates for workers?

[20:28] How strong is Covid-19 immunity after recovering from Omicron?

[21:50] Is a fourth vaccine shot coming soon?

[24:11] Are some nurses and other healthcare workers allowed to work after testing positive for Covid-19?

[25:40] What’s good this week?

[29:29] What is the idea behind Pearl’s new article series “Breaking The Rules Of Healthcare”?

[31:55] What’s the big news concerning out-of-network (surprise) billing?

[33:44] How important is technological savvy among doctors?

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