Testing as a crucial role to play in protecting the frontline workforce, helping optimal deployment of staff resources and helping to slow and manage the spread of the virus.
Not sure whether you should have a coronavirus test? The following frequently asked questions will give you an insight into wether you should consider having a test to ensure you are suitable for any occasion where you may potentially spread the virus.
Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies which may tell you if you had a past infection with the virus that causes COVID-19.
Antibodies are proteins that help fight off.
infections and can provide protection against getting that disease again (immunity).
Antibodies are disease specific.
- Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is the body’s largest antibody. It is also the first antibody to appear in response to an initial exposure to an antigen (a toxin or other foreign substance), which induces an immune response in the body.
- It is widely accepted that IgM provides the first line of defence during viral infections, followed by the generation of adaptive, high affinity IgG responses for long-term immunity and immunological memory.
- Testing of COVID-19 IgM and IgG antibodies is an effective method for the rapid identification of a current or recent COVID-19 infection.
- A blood sample is taken from a finger prick and deposited onto our cassette.
- Detection of IgM antibodies tends to indicate a recent exposure to COVID-19.
- Detection of IgG antibodies indicates a later stage of infection. specific.
- It is a great way to screen staff and can be comforting for individuals self-isolating at home. Those who are deemed ‘immune’ will be greatly encouraged to return to a more normal way of life.
- Those who are not immune will be advised and guided on further testing and re-testing in the future.
- Most individuals who have experienced symptoms are likely to be immune, but an antibody test is often required to be sure.
- An antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with a pathogen such as the COVID-19. Once the infection has gone, the antigen disappears.
- The Antigen test delivers results in 15 minutes and is the perfect solution for those places and situations where fast COVID-19 infections should be detected such as: airports, harbours, working environment and medical environment.
- How it works: Antigen tests can identify virus in nose and throat secretions. It does this by looking for proteins from the virus (as opposed to the diagnostic test, which looks for genetic material).
- This test can detect early stage COVID-19 in asymptomatic patients.
- This test identifies people who are currently infected with the coronavirus. It may be used as a quick test to detect active infections.
- Initially it will not be used to diagnose disease, but it may be used to screen people to identify those who need a more definitive test.
- How quick is it: These tests should provide results in just a few minutes. As a result they could be used to screen people in hospitals, certain workplaces, or in other instances where it’s important to find out quickly whether someone is currently at risk of spreading the disease.
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