Rapid Tests are cheaper, but unfortunately, accuracy is a concern. The Molecular/PCR is significantly more sensitive and reliable.
With the available testing tools we have, you can get 2/3 benefits- it is impossible to get all three, at least for now.
These include: Speed of getting the result Accuracy of the result Cost for the test
Given the vulnerable populations and the variants, military readiness, and of course, since we are on the topic of HC sports, our athletic events, we need to be careful. The selection of the rapid test likely will lead to a PCR test to confirm the results.
The rapid test reminds me of the rapid strep tests that also give false positives and negatives. With seven kids, we had more of these ordered for our kids than I can remember. If the quick test came back negative, and the clinical evaluation was different, the pediatrician would give the kids an antibiotic and do the overnight test. So you pay for two tests.
Let's see where the technology takes us in the months ahead, but for now, my instincts are to get the PCR test and feel comfortable with the results.