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State and business leaders are hanging their hopes on the promise of new rapid coronavirus tests that they say could allow Texans to return to aspects of their daily lives more safely during the pandemic, at least until a COVID-19 vaccine is made widely available.
Gov. Greg Abbott has touted that Texas is set to receive millions of new rapid antigen coronavirus tests every month that deliver results in as little as 15 minutes.
But health experts caution that the tests are not a panacea. Antigen tests — typically nasal or saliva tests that can detect proteins on the outside of the virus — are more prone to giving false negative results than other coronavirus tests that use genetic material. And because the antigen