COVID-19 Antigen Swab Test, now available at Aegle - Makati
For same-day swab test and results, get tested for COVID-19 at Aegle Wellness Center - Makati.
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has several known antigens which are the visible protrusions on its surface. An antigen is a molecule capable of stimulating an immune response and each one has distinct surface features that are recognized by the immune system.
What is the difference between Aegle’s COVID-19 antigen swab test and the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test?
- Like PCR swab tests, Aegle’s COVID-19 antigen swab test is used in the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen in human nasopharyngeal swab specimens. Unlike PCR tests, it does not determine the qualitative value or rate of SARS-CoV-2 antigen concentration present in your body.
What is the difference between Aegle’s COVID-19 antigen swab test and the Rapid Diagnostic Test?
- There are different recommended periods for the two tests. A Rapid Diagnostic Test reveals if a person has already been exposed to an infection, by detecting antibodies in their blood or serum. In contrast, an antigen test reveals if a person is currently infected with a pathogen such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Once the infection has gone, the antigen disappears.
When is it advisable to do the COVID-19 antigen test?
- The antigen test should be done within seven days after symptom onset.
Is there still a need to do a confirmatory test?
- This test can be used as an aid for early diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection for patients who have clinical symptoms and can serve as an initial screening test result. Alternative diagnosis methods can be performed in order to obtain the confirmation of SARS-CoV-2 infection. While PCR testing for COVID-19 is the most sensitive test available, the COVID-19 antigen test is also very accurate, provided that the proper timing of the testing is observed. As published on Mayo Clinic’s website, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care and research, both types of tests are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for diagnosing COVID-19. Aegle’s antigen test kit is approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Health of the Philippines.
Will a negative result from the COVID-19 antigen test qualify for release from self-quarantine as approved by the DOH?
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