COVID-19 Antibody Rapid Detection Kit
The COVID-19 IgG/IgM (Whole Blood/Serum/Plasma) Rapid Test Device utilizes lateral flow technology that is used for the qualitative, differential detection of both anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgM and IgG antibodies. In general, antibodies can be detected 1-3 weeks after infection. This test is intended to screen patients for COVID-19. Combining RNA and Antibody tests can significantly raise the sensitivity for detecting COVID-19 in infected individuals.
· This test has not been reviewed by the FDA.
· Negative results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection, particularly in those who have been in contact with the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to rule out infection in these individuals.
· Results from antibody testing should not be used as the sole basis to diagnose or exclude SARS-CoV-2 infection or to inform infection status.
· Positive results may be due to past or present infection with non-SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strains, such as coronavirus HKU1, NL63, OC43, or 229E.
What is COVID-19
The 2019 new coronavirus pneumonia(NCP), or "COVID-19", was discovered for the 2019 Wuhan Viral Pneumonia case in China and was named by the World Health Organization on January 12, 2020.
Coronaviruses are enveloped RNA viruses that are distributed broadly among humans, other mammals and birds that cause respiratory, enteric, hepatic and neurologic diseases. Four viruses - 229E, OC43, NL63 and HKU1 are prevalent and typically cause common cold symptoms in immunocompromised individuals. Three other strains SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) are can be transmitted from between non-human vertebrates to humans.
How Does it Spread
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
• Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
• These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly
be inhaled into the lungs.
Who Should Recieve Testing?
Not everyone must receive testing due to coming in contact with someone that had COVID-19, although that doesn't mean it won't benefit you to receive testing for other factors in your life.
Being aware that you have tested negative for COVID-19 as well as knowing other family members and friends have tested negative can help in the decision making for whom you come in contact with.
Just because you haven't come in contact with a person with Coronavirus does not mean you cannot contract through another surface where the virus may be laying.
Public Health Professionals are working tirelessly to help those who have tested positive with COVID-19. Those public health professionals should be tested regularly to increase a healthy work environment and decrease the risk of others becoming infected.