What is Rapid Antibody-Based Blood Tests ?
- As Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has allowed rapid antibody testing in india, Rapid antibody tests will help to enchance screening and to find out the number of infections quickly.
- These rapid antibody tests is most suitable to detect whether the disease is spreading in the hotspots.
- Testing capacity had been ramped up significantly to over 10,000 tests per day to detect the deadly infection.
- Presently the government uses the PCR tests to detect Covid-19 from samples of throat or nasal swab of people with symptoms.
Difference between Existing and New Testing kits ?
Existing Testing System: The present Covid-19 detection tests being carried out in the country are called PCR (polymerase chain reaction), which require nasal or throat swabs. It takes about five hours for the results to come out. PCR costs were high.
Rapid Antibody Testing: The rapid testing kits are quicker to get early results. They use blood samples of suspected patients and normally takes around 15-30 minutes to give the result. Under this, one has to clean their finger with an alcohol swab and use the lancet provided for finger-pricks.