· Those looking for quick and convenient COVID-19 Testing in Bangkok.
· Those with symptoms and wish to screen for COVID-19.
· Those with travel history to affected countries of COVID-19.
· Those with possible close contact with the infected persons.
· Those who want to undergo early screening to proceed with treatment or prevent the disease.
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease which is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).
The virus has the ability to spread during close contact by small droplets produced when the infected person(s) cough, sneeze or talk. A contaminated surface touched can lead to the infection as hands could accidentally transfer the virus to the face. Coronavirus can remain and survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours, and the first 3 days after symptoms appear are the most contagious period, although there is also a possibility of spreading before seeing the symptoms as well as in the later stages of the disease.
Potential COVID-19 infected individuals will present symptoms like:
· Runny nose
· Sore throat
· Difficulty breathing
· Chest pain
· Loss of sense for taste and smell
COVID-19 Rapid Test Service at Our Affiliated Clinic
Rapid Test Kits or also known as finger prick tests are used to test COVID-19 at our affiliated hospital. Your blood will taken as sample and results can be known almost instantaneously.
The kits are known to be qualitative immunochromatographic assay designed to detect specific IgM and IgG of Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) in your humoral fluid.
Appointments must be made prior to the test.
IgG / IgM Rapid Testing
Ig stands for Immunoglobins of what we know as antibodies play critical role in the immune response by specifically recognize and bind to particular antigens like viruses or bacteria to aid in their destruction.
There are a different kinds of immunoglobins present in our bodies, but the ones that will be detected in this test are IgG and IgM.
It is the most abundant type of antibody found in your body fluids. Its main function is to aid in body protection against bacterial and viral infections.
Mainly found in your blood and lymph fluid, IgM is the first antibody to be made by your body to fight a new infection.
IgG / IgM Rapid Test Indications
<Positive IgM Only>
This indicates that the person is likely to be in the early stage of viral infection
<Positive IgG Only>
This indicates that the person has either passed the infection or in its last phase
<Positive IgG and IgM>
This indicates that the person is likely to be in the middle phase of viral infection
COVID-19 Rapid Test Options
To provide the best and convenient procedure, our affiliated clinic offers different options to choose for your convenience:
Make appointment and have yourself tested at our affiliated clinic. You will be assisted by our affiliated staff nurse or a doctor at the ground floor testing room.
<At Home Service>
To ease your movement, our affiliated clinic staff will bring the test kits to your house and will assist you. Once your sample has been taken, it will be taken back to the clinic for analysis purpose and you will receive a call to be informed of your test results
Advantages and Limitations of COVID-19 Rapid Test
· Fast and accurate procedure
· Safe and no risk in exposure
· Detects antibodies in the blood
· Results can be obtained on the same day
· Rapid testing may have a limited role in diagnosis
· Any close contact who tested negative using this test would have to redo the procedure after a period of time
Q1: Is the test accurate?
A1: It is said that IgG / IgM Rapid test has an accuracy percentage of around 96% to 98%.
Q2: What if I tested positive?
A2: Those who tested positive will have to get confirmation with a PCR test.
Q3: Will the test be painful?
A3: Only a small sample of blood is needed using a small device. It is not painful and can be done quickly.
Q4: Why can't rapid test be used as sole basis for diagnosis?
A4: Rapid tests are antibody tests to check if the patient has developed immunity to the coronavirus. But according to experts, these tests have a limited role in diagnosis as it takes the body four days or longer after infection to produce antibodies, which means it's too long for quick detection and contact tracing. That is why the results need to be interpreted together with clinical examination and confirmed with supplemental testing.
Q5: How soon can the results come out?
A5: Results can be out as soon as 10 mins.