- Ogie Alcasid announced that he took a PCR swab test to find out if he has COVID-19
- He also revealed that his first rapid antibody test taken in ASAP showed positive results
- Ogie then took another rapid test which came out negative but his third rapid test for a “tie breaker” again showed positive results
- Following HR protocols, Ogie finally took a PCR swab test for a more reliable diagnosis and he shared its result in a Facebook post
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Ogie Alcasid took to Facebook to share that he has tested negative for COVID-19 in a PCR swab test after previous rapid antibody test results showed he was positive for the disease.
According to the singer-songwriter, his first rapid antibody test taken in ASAP showed positive results. He then took another rapid test that came out negative.
The Kapamilya artist took a third rapid test for a “tie-breaker” which again unveiled positive results. Following HR protocols, Ogie took a PCR swab test on Monday, July 6 to get a more reliable diagnosis.
After 4 days, his swab test results came and it showed that he is negative for COVID-19.
“Hi dear friends. i know i have been a little inactive lately. The reason is i was in isolation. I was positive igm (Immunoglobulin M) and igg (Immunoglobulin G) sa rapid test ng asap. Took another test pero negative. So para may tie breaker, took another and i was still positive sa igg. So protocol of HR is that i take the PCR swab and that i did last Monday. Masakit sya.
Got results today after 4 days and I am negative. Praise The Lord!!!
Dami kong kwento sa isolation and communion with God. Grabe... kwento ko soon. Love you guys Hallelujah.
Btw, i was asymptomatic the whole time. Will show you videos soon.”
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According to Live Science, in polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, swab samples from nose or throat are being taken from patients to test if they are infected with COVID-19. It is still seen as yielding more accurate results in the Philippines – up to 97% accurate or higher. Results are processed in 24 hours or longer.
The rapid antibody test, on the other hand, takes a patient’s blood sample and detects antibodies, which the body produces in response to an infectious agent, such as a virus. It delivers results faster, however, several medical groups say when rapid tests are used on people without coronavirus symptoms, there is a high incidence of false positives.
Ogie Alcasid is a popular singer, actor, and comedian in the Philippines. He is a regular performer on “ASAP Natin ‘To.”
He and his wife Regine Velasquez previously shared photos of their online shopping fails which elicited laughs among the netizens and their celebrity friends.
Ogie also had an enormous contribution to the country to combat COVID-19. He donated his huge toy collection in order to raise money and purchase testing kits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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