“Combining point-of-care PCR and Antibody testing could be a game-changer for rapidly identifying those patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 infection”
Professor Ravi Gupta, Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of Cambridge. Full report available here
It can take up to 14 days for an individual to start showing COVID-19 symptoms, by which time the virus may have moved from the nose and throat into the lungs. Antibodies on the other hand, particularly IgM antibodies can be produced much sooner so a combination of both tests, can greatly increase the accuracy of diagnosis.
Results of the study found that “the nucleic acid tests could identify eight out of ten patients with COVID-19, but when combined with the rapid antibody tests, 100% of the COVID-19 patients were correctly identified”
What’s the difference between the COVID-19 PCR Swab Test & the Rapid Antibody Test?
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The best in class detection method for an early infection is a dual approach of PCR and Antibody testing, here’s why:
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