According to the head of the Ministry of Health Maxim Stepanov, if everything goes according to plan, testing of Ukrainians for antibodies to coronavirus may begin next week, the press service of the President of Ukraine.
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This Stepanov said during a meeting to prevent the spread of coronavirus with President Zelensky.
IFA diagnostics – what is it? This is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, which is designed to determine the presence of certain antigens. It is often used to diagnose various infectious diseases, but in the early spring of 2020, this analysis method was used to detect the presence of antibodies to the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
The so-called rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to coronavirus – these are rapid ELISA tests. They can detect antibodies to the disease, but are not considered a reliable diagnostic method for COVID-19. Depending on the quality and sensitivity, these tests may produce an erroneous result.
By the way, rapid tests for detecting antibodies to domestic production of coronavirus are sold in Ukrainian pharmacies. Their starting price is from 445 hryvnias apiece.
The WHO notes that the presence of antibodies to coronavirus does not mean that a person has immunity against the disease and he will not be able to get infected. However, using these tests you can determine how many people actually received an infectious dose of the causative agent of coronavirus infection.
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