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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: June 2020

Who can purchase the test kits?

In accordance with MHRA guidelines the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits are available for professional use only in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Written confirmation is required that the test will be performed by a healthcare professional registered with a professional body to practice on the UK.

Are the tests CE marked?

BioMedomics and SD Biosensor COVID-19 kits are all CE marked.

Where are the tests manufactured?

SD Biosensor kits are manufactured in South Korea.

BioMedomics kits are manufactured in USA and China.

Does the test confirm that the person is infectious?

The SD Biosensor Ag test kit will detect the virus in throat swabs and nasopharyngeal swabs in an active infection. A positive antibody test does not indicate a current infection.

What information does an antibody test provide?

The IgM/IgG Rapid tests will detect the presence of antibodies to SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) indicating previous infection with the virus. The science regarding the immune response to the virus is still emerging and a positive antibody test does not guarantee immunity.

How long do the antibodies last?

Scientific investigation into the immune response to the virus is on-going. At this time it is too soon to know how long antibodies will last or how protective they may be.

Is the test available now and how much does it cost?

Kits for rapid antigen detection and rapid antibody detection are all available in stock. Antigen detection kits include 25 tests and antibody tests are available in packs of 20 (BioMedomics) or 40 (SD Biosensor).

These tests are not designed for home use and are for professional use only in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Please contact our office for further information.

How accurate are the rapid tests?

Data regarding the sensitivity and the specificity of the rapid tests is available to healthcare professionals on request – please contact our office for information.

When can the virus be detected?

Recent studies suggest that viral load is very high at the onset of symptoms and declines steadily. SARS-CoV-2 RNA may still be detectable 20 days or longer after symptom onset in some individuals.

When can antibodies be detected?

The understanding of serological conversion following SARS-CoV-2 infection is limited and is increasing as more information regarding COVID-19 becomes available. Recent studies suggest IgG seroconversion occurs most commonly 14-20 days after symptom onset.

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