Increasing the amount of testing for COVID-19 is the best way to see how widespread the outbreak is. South Africa recently approved its third kind of coronavirus test — an antigen test. But how does it work and what sets it apart from the others on offer?

Increasing the amount of testing for COVID-19 is the best way to see how widespread the outbreak is. South Africa recently approved its third kind of coronavirus test — an antigen test. But how does it work and what sets it apart from the others on offer?
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Aisha Abdool Karim is a health reporter at Bhekisisa. She graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Before joining Bhekisisa, she worked at the Daily Maverick. During #FeesMustFall protests, she was the editor-in-chief of the University of Cape Town student newspaper, Varsity, where she learned that quality reporting “helps tell people's stories in a way that drives tangible changes to broken systems”.

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Dylan Bush is Bhekisisa's senior multimedia journalist.