- An expert is warning against the use of the rapid test kit in testing employees who are returning to work
- This test detects antibodies and it does not detect the presence of the virus
- A possible effect of using this test is the widespread transmission since it does not detect whether the person tested is COVID-19 positive
- The best test available in detecting coronavirus is still the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR)
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Dr. Antoni Dans of the Philippine Society of General Internal Medicine stated that several physician groups are recommending against the use of rapid test kits as they can promote COVID-19 transmission.
Dans said that the test detects the antibodies immunoglobulin (IgM) and immunoglobulin-G (IgG), but not the virus itself. Relying on this test gives the public a false sense of security.
When a person tests positive for IgM, it indicates COVID-19, while testing positive for IgG means that a person has just recently recovered.
In an online forum, Dans stated that the rapid test does not see the virus. What it sees are antibodies. So the effect is, after taking the rapid test, many become "negative."
"Eh ganoon lumalaganap ang COVID-19 e kasi nga, 'negative' sila," said Dans in a GMA report.
He also said that the best test is still the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test.
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The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
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