Rapid Antibody Tests Inaccurate, Health Workers’ Group Say

Health Workers’ Group Says Rapid Antibody Tests Are Not Very Accurate

RAPID ANTIBODY TESTS – A group of health professionals said the massive use of rapid antibody tests could be the reason for the spike of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

On Sunday, August 2, the coronavirus infections in the Philippines breached the 100,000 mark. An expert from the University of the Philippines (UP) warned the country could have 150,000 cases by the end of August.

COVID-19 frontliners earlier asked President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to reimpose “enhanced community quarantine” in Mega Manila to mitigate the rise of virus cases in the country.

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The spokesperson of the Healthcare Professions Alliance against coronavirus, Dr. Antonio Dans was recently interviewed on ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. He said the rapid antibody tests are inaccurate and it could be one reason for the rise of COVID-19 infection in the country.

He said rapid antibody tests are sometimes only 50% accurate. “Hindi po ‘yan accurate. Nagbigay na ng babala ang (World Health Organization)… Kung may 10 tao na may COVID-19, 5 lima hindi niya nahahanap. Nagkakamali siya sa 50 percent,” he said.

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Dr. Antonio Dans urged the local government units (LGU) and companies to stop using the rapid test kits. He said they will just store them for now and use the swab test instead.

“Dapat sa ngayon wag na munang gamitin, itago na lang. Gamitin ang swab,” he said.

He said the government’s decision to place NCR back under lockdown will be “useless” if Duterte’s admin refuses to talk to COVID-19 frontliners. He said the government and the medical workers should discuss what went wrong with their pandemic response.

“Useless ho iyan kung hindi rin mag-uusap kung anong nagging problema,” he told ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo.

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