There has been so much media frenzy over rapid point-of-care blood tests for COVID-19 IgM/IgG lately. Emirates Airlines is the first airline in the world to introduce pre-boarding rapid blood tests for COVID-19 , despite strong scientific evidence against the use of such tests as a screening or early diagnostic tool. Many media reports are applauding the move as a way to boost passenger confidence and convince governments to end travel and entry restrictions [2-4]. The CNN report is the only one I could find that included any information on the limitations of the rapid blood test for COVID-19 . I have summarised the scientific evidence about the limitations of the rapid blood tests below for COVID-19.
Disclaimer: I am a 4th year Registrar in Anaesthesia in Australia. I am not an infectious disease or diagnostic testing expert, but I do have a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology and skills to