What is a rapid COVID-19 antigen test? How does it differ from other types of testing? Read our latest expert guide to find out…
What is a rapid COVID-19 antigen test?
A rapid COVID-19 Antigen test detects a positive or negative case of coronavirus in just 15 minutes.
Using a self-administered sample collection kit to collect a nose and throat specimen, anyone can test themselves for COVID-19 infection and get accurate rapid results on the spot with no requirement for laboratory testing.
The rapid COVID-19 antigen test works by mixing a human nose and throat sample with a small amount of buffer liquid which is then placed into a portable, lateral flow, immunoassay cassette containing an absorbent strip. The strip soaks up the fluid and as it does so detection lines appear on the cassette depending on the result.
In every case, to show the cassette is functioning properly a detection line appears alongside (C) the control line*, and where the result is positive for COVID-19 a second detection line appears alongside ‘positive’ on the cassette. Where there is no positive line, the test is negative.
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing will give you the same result as a PCR COVID-19 testing but delivers a faster answer. PCR testing involves a laboratory analysis and is deemed the ‘gold standard’ in COVID-19 testing, with results determined by trained scientists during a process called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analysis.
Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing for employers
Rapid Antigen testing is ideal for employers looking to screen their workforce to avoid a costly spread of coronavirus across their teams. Testing can protect not only your bottom line, but the health of your employees and their ability to carry out their roles.
AlphaBiolabs provides affordable, expert COVID-19 testing services to employers looking to take that extra step in protecting their staff and business this winter.
Implementing a workplace COVID-19 screening programme could mean the difference between continuing to operate, with as near a full staff as possible, versus risking losses and closure in the face of a second wave and the onset of cold and flu season.
Let us help you and your employees keep track of their health and reduce any risk of a widespread coronavirus breakout across your business.
* If the control line (C) does not appear the test is not valid.
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