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Rapid” Antigen Test (Processing < 6Hr)

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Rapid Antigen Test, which detects SARS-CoV-2 virus proteins, involves taking a sample of nasal or throat fluid through a swab.

This test is less sensitive than RT-PCR.

It is recommended that this type of test be performed on suspicion and preferably if you have one or more symptoms.

The patient should arrive at the laboratory only 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time, social distancing in the waiting area of the reception is recommended.

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Antigen Testing

These are also known as rapid tests because of their short turnaround time.

The first is done with a blood sample in order to detect antibodies produced, also known as a serological test. However, this test tells you about someone who has already had the disease, not about someone who is infected.

antigens

The second test is performed by obtaining respiratory samples to detect proteins corresponding to the virus. Antigens are the “keys” used by the virus to get its genetic material into the cell. This test does not detect the virus in particular, it detects the immune response that the host is having.

The WHO does not recommend using the latter two methods to diagnose patients with COVID-19 because of their lower certainty than PCR. While they are not the best tests to determine who is currently infected, they are very helpful in determining who has already contracted the virus and who might be immune. This allows health bodies to identify how prevalent and lethal the disease is.

Rapid Antigen Test, which detects SARS-CoV-2 virus proteins, involves taking a sample of nasal or throat fluid through a swab.

 

This test is less sensitive than RT-PCR.

It is recommended that this type of test be performed on suspicion and preferably if you have one or more symptoms.

The patient should arrive at the laboratory only 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time, social distancing in the waiting area of the reception is recommended.