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What is the Difference Between Antibody and RT-PCR Tests | 2YODOINDIA

What is the Difference Between Antibody and RT-PCR Tests

Covid-19 test helps to determine if at all it is coronavirus or some other viral infection that of a common cold or flu. The RT-PCR report might be negative but symptoms like body ache, headache and shortness of breath, can be indicative of Covid-19.

Government and health experts have said on several occasions that testing from tracing and vaccinating are important to help break the chain of covid-19 infections.

A Covid test typically uses nose swab or throat swab to detect the traces of coronavirus in the nasal/respiratory tract.

The test can be book online or on phone for home collection of sample or the patient can visit any testing lab or healthcare facility for the test.

A positive report is indicative of the presence of coronavirus in your nasal secretions means you are infected.

Antibody testing is also done.

Antibody testing also known as serology test.

This procedure is done to determine if you have been infected with coronavirus in the past by detecting covid-19 antibodies in your blood.

“Antibodies are proteins created by your body’s immune system soon after you have been infected or vaccinated,”.

“Antibody tests should not be use to diagnose a current infection with the virus that causes COVID-19, except in instances in which viral testing is delay. An antibody test may not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after the infection for your body to make antibodies,”.

A positive antibody test means that you were likely infected in the past and have developed antibodies to resist coronavirus infection.

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