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What Are Rapid Antigen Test Kits?

Ritz Aguspina | October 12, 2023
What Are Rapid Antigen Test Kits?

A Rapid Antigen Test is a single-use, quick screening test kit intended to detect coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by using either a nasal swab sample or saliva, the test detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is designed for home use with self-collected oral fluid samples in individuals who are suspected of COVID-19.

This test is not as precise as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, but works 

by reacting to proteins on the surface of the virus called antigens in 10 to 20 minutes. COVID-19 can only be diagnosed using a PCR test. However, regular rapid antigen tests can also help someone pick up the COVID-19 virus very early in the infection, sometimes even before you have symptoms.

How do the tests work?

Home use rapid antigen tests are available for the general public from November 1st These tests can be used by people at home, workplaces or anywhere and don’t require the supervision or involvement of a health practitioner. Rapid antigen self-tests are also most reliable when used by someone who has the symptoms of COVID-19. 

If a participant tests positive with a home use COVID-19 test, it is then recommended for the individual to get a confirmatory PCR test as soon as possible to determine if the virus is  actually present.

Rapid Antigen Tests Globally 

Countries in Europe such as Germany and the United Kingdom have already implemented the test to the general public since March of this year. The federal government of Germany has been supplying these tests and covering the costs. With the use of these tests, Germany has been able to achieve and identify the virus in individuals at an earlier stage than those countries who are just administering PCR tests, saving many businesses from closures and treating individuals for the virus sooner. 

How Platinum Health can safeguard your business with rapid antigen testing. 

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests are still available for your business. Point-of-care rapid antigen tests do require the supervision of a healthcare practitioner. However, an organisation can also purchase rapid antigen self-tests for their workers to use at home or on site. It is important that any business implementing COVID-19 testing considers the implications of testing in the work environment, and sets up appropriate protocols.

If you are looking to purchase a rapid antigen testing service and a team who can help guide you through rapid antigen testing protocols, Platinum Health Supply Group is aiding a wide range of businesses by implementing training on rapid antigen testing via zoom with one of our trained sales team supervisors. We can help your business with a tailored solution including planning, test flow and processes. Our comprehensive turn-key solutions enable you to focus on your business and leave the rest to us.

Click here to browse our range of Rapid Antigen Test Kits here.