Antigen testing is a new diagnostic test for Covid-19 that received emergency use by the Authorization of food & drug Administration. These new tests are not widely available and their application in Covid-19 pandemic is rare. However, it offers more rapid detection of covid-19 which allows people to test in less time rather than waiting for 1-2 days of getting results through other tests. People could potentially test before going to work, school, or using public transportation. People with positive test can be isolated. With wider availability of tests, we can better control the spread of Covid-19.
This could boost the effectiveness of contact testing. Emergency rooms or any personnel can use this test to get the result in 15 minutes.
This new COVID-19 antigen test is an important addition to available tests because the results can be read in minutes, right off the testing card. This means people will know if they have the virus in almost real-time. Due to its simpler design and the large number of tests the company anticipates making in the coming months, this new antigen test is an important advancement in our fight against the pandemic.Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
Similar to other RTP testing, Antigen are sampled using nasal swabs. In future saliva samples might be more important. These tests detect pieces of virus and nucleocapsid protein antigen from SARS-CoV-2 in nasopharyngeal swab specimens during the acute phase of infection. Positive results indicate the presence of viral antigens. The swab is placed into the nostrils, rotated 3-5 times over the surface of posterior nasopharynx, and removed from the nostril while rotating it. The swab is then placed in an extraction vial and the result is interpreted within 15 minutes of time period. These tests are faster and will be more practical to use for large numbers of people.
Patients getting result in 15 minutes can have a chance to get care earlier. Contacts can be then traced easily, self-isolation can be started sooner to help stop the spread, and quick guidelines can be followed.
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