This article explains 3 types of Covid-19 kits. These checks include the PCR method, Plasma, and Antibody test. Review the information below to learn how each of these works.
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Scientists also call this the PCR check (short for Polymerase Chain Reaction). This method detects the virus RNA (the genetic material). Here, a positive outcome usually means you have the disease in your system. However, the test seems relevant for viral checking people before 2-3 weeks after the infection.
Now let’s review the steps when to use these kits. The first step when using this is taking a sample. Do this by inserting a swab into the nose and going straight backward. This is the nasopharyngeal swab. Alternatively, do this by swabbing the throat back. This describes an oropharyngeal swab. Afterward, check the fluid on the swab to identify the infection. Results become available quite quickly, thanks to recent developments. Whether you have signs of Covid-19 or are worried about it, please contact your primary healthcare provider.
You will require a doctor’s approval to get this check at an outpatient site of examination. If you are being tested in an outpatient facility, you can expect results in less than 24 hours. These screenings show a false result, on rare occasions. That may be because of the volume of the virus in your sample. It could be so small that it might not be detectable. Besides, it may not have taken enough time for proper reading.
If you are interested in taking this method, your doctor will need to order it. Visit any of the blood draw locations in Stamford Health, but again, with informed consent only. This screens your blood by checking for pathogens. These kits inform one whether the victim has had any prior infections with the virus. These are proteins that help combat pathogens and guard against illness.
Furthermore, these are unique to diseases. You cannot use these checks with a current infection of Covid-19. You can only use it in cases where viral screening is delayed. When one has an existing disease, an antibody test may not work. After all, it can take the body 1–3 weeks of infection to produce antibodies. In such a case, you’ll need a virus check to see whether one is infected. In samples from your respiratory system, a viral check identifies the infection or a swab from the inside the nose.
These kits aren’t as standard as the two procedures above. This viral check provides reliable results to patients with critical illnesses. This is not for the diagnosis, as with the above method. For the plasma infusion check, doctors collect convalescent plasma. They do so by extracting blood from healed Covid-19 victims. The plasma donor contains pathogens that help fight off the infection. Finally, this technique is relatively recent. Thus, experts are still evaluating their relevance. However, so far, the results seem promising.