Prof Gerry Killeen – How to Perform a Rapid Test



According to his UCC academic profile, Gerry is “the AXA Research Chair in Applied Pathogen Ecology at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences”.

That’s a bit of a mouthful.

I just know him as Gerry. Gerry is an epidemiologist. He’s spent a lot of time in Africa, working on outbreaks of infectious diseases, and getting involved in all kinds of different stuff that doesn’t lend itself to a brief summary. He’s used a lot of antigen tests in that time, so he knows that they’re such a valuable tool. In this video he shows you how to use a malaria antigen test and explains how we can use rapid antigen tests to manage the COVID-19 outbreak in Ireland.

NB: Gerry is performing a blood test. Tests for COVID-19 will use saliva or a swab.


00:00 Gerry tells us about his background and his experience with rapid antigen tests

01:07 Gerry shows how to use a rapid antigen test for malaria

04:10 If the PCR is more accurate, why would we bother with rapid tests?

07:20 Why COVID is a bit different to many diseases

08:15 Gerry introduces us to his friends, Mr. Stick and Mrs. Branch

11:40 Wrap up