Panodyne's Rapid IgM-IgG Combined Antibody Test for COVID-19 is a lateral flow immunoassay used to qualitatively detect IgG and IgM antibodies of the novel coronavirus in human serum, plasma or whole blood in vitro.
What is COVID-19 Antibody testing?
COVID-19 antibody tests are used to find out whether a person has previously had the virus. The antibody test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies. Antibodies are produced by the body in response to an infection and can usually be found in the blood after around 2 weeks following infection.
Antibody tests are different from Panodyne antigen (swab) tests which are in widespread use across the UK to see if you currently have the virus. Antigen testing continues to play a critical role in controlling the spread of the disease in the UK. If you would like to test to see if you are currently infected click here
The value of antibody testing
Antibody testing will identify whether people have had the virus or not. Antibody testing will help build a picture of how many people have had the infection, and how far and wide the virus has spread in the UK.
What antibody testing cannot do is tell people whether they are immune to catching the disease or infecting other people.
As COVID-19 is a new infection, we don’t yet know enough about how effective antibodies are at getting rid of the virus, whether they will protect you from getting it again, or whether having antibodies means you cannot pass the virus on to others. We also don’t know how long the antibodies will last. As the scientific evidence grows, we hope to have the answers to these questions.
Even when you know you have had the virus, the only way to reduce the risk of you becoming ill, or passing the disease on to others you care about, is to follow the latest government advice on controlling the spread of the virus. So even with a positive antibody test, to protect the people you care about and play your part in keeping Wales safe. You will still need to practice social distancing, wash your hands well and often, get a test (swab) if you have symptoms, and self-isolate if you have the virus or if you are a contact of someone who has the virus.
How does the COVID-19 Rapid Test Work?
The test strip contains a colloidal gold-labeled recombinant novel coronavirus antigen and quality control antibody colloidal gold marker, two detection lines (G and M lines) and one quality control line (C) fixed on a nitrocellulose membrane. M is fixed with monoclonal anti-human IgM antibody for detecting the novel coronavirus IgM antibody. G is fixed with monoclonal antihuman IgG antibody for detecting the novel coronavirus IgG antibody. The quality control antibody is fixed on the C line.
How quickly can COVID-19 Rapid Test yield results?
Results are valid 15 minutes after sample and buffer are combined in the cassette sample well.
How accurate is the COVID-19 Rapid Test?
In order to test the detection sensitivity and specificity of the COVID-19 IgG-IgM combined antibody test, blood samples were collected from COVID-19 patients from multiple hospitals and Chinese CDC laboratories. The tests were done separately at each site. A total of 525 cases were tested: 397 (positive) clinically confirmed (including PCR test) Covid-19-infected patients and 128 non-Covid-19-infected patients (128 negative). The testing results of vein blood without viral inactivation were summarized in the Table 1. Of the 397 blood sample from Covid-19-infected patients, 352 tested positive, resulting in a sensitivity of 88.66%. Twelve of the blood samples from the 128 non-Covid-19 infection patients tested positive, generating a specificity of 90.63%.
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