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Omicron variant may reduce efficacy of some COVID tests

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Utah – The Omicron variant may affect certain COVID-19 tests, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Specific tests may not be able to accurately detect the presence of the virus, because of the highly mutated nature of the recently discovered variant.

According to the FDA, they expect the Tide Laboratories DTPM COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to fail to detect the new variant.

The Tide Laboratories test is a single-target test that focuses only on a portion of the N-gene where deletions occur in Omicron cases.

Tests that target multiple genetic targets are not expected to be impacted.

The Tide Laboratories test is not being used in laboratories in the state of Utah and is not believed to be used for high-volume testing.

 

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