What are the benefits of a coronavirus rapid antigen test kit? The answer depends on who you ask. For some, the answer is none. For others, it’s obvious right away. They’re those who have had a C-section and then suffered from pneumonia. They have experienced nausea and/or vomiting, extreme soreness, fever, and even a loss of appetite.
Their dilemma is that there is no available medication to help them recover from a c-section and pneumonia. So, they must rely on home quarantine until their symptoms disappear. And then, what do they do? There is another option open to them – using rapidly identified strains of the C-section virus to produce antibodies to fight off the infection. So, in other words, these parents would be at least able to protect their unborn child against what was presumably a minor viral illness (pneumonia) at the time of their C-section. That makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?
So, if that isn’t enough to persuade anyone to get themselves a rapid antigen test kit, I don’t know what is. The kit is a painless process. You pop the top off, add some fluid, insert the snap-on cap, and then snap the lid back on. The test results will be available to you within a week. However, it is important that you follow all of the instructions carefully to ensure that your kit is effective, and that you use the appropriate amount of fluid and viral antigens for each testing strip.
Now, the critics say that a coronavirus rapid antigen test kit should never be used to diagnose infections that have not yet produced any clinical manifestations. If this were true, there would be lots of people who had caught pneumonia or flu in the course of a few days to a few weeks, and thus had no symptoms whatsoever. And that, they argue, is a problem. The fact is that most of the cases of non-specific testing do actually have symptoms and are thus easily misdiagnosed as having been caused by an infection that has yet to produce a symptom.
But the problem with this criticism is that it misunderstands the nature of the rapid antigen test kit. The tests do not simply look for the presence of an infection. They also look for an antibody that specifically binds to virus antigens. This is different from a virus that only produces a protein and thus requires a different diagnostic procedure.
Therefore, the test must be performed on specimens that have been recently tested in order to find any antibody that specifically binds to the virus. This is important because a patient who thinks they have a mild illness may well have a more serious condition. Also, doctors use the rapid antigen test kit to see if a patient is responding to treatment well. This is especially important when a cancer patient is being treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, which can kill off all but the target cells, leaving patients’ immune systems to fend off infection.
Critics of the rapid antigen test kit often point out that this type of test is not appropriate for a myriad of conditions. The problem is that they are right. There is not a diagnostic test like this for every condition out there. The next time someone asks you about a lab test, instead of pointing out that it can’t be done for some conditions, tell them that this is the kit that will give them the accurate results. It may not be the perfect test for every situation, but it is certainly the best one for the kinds of illnesses and situations that doctors see frequently.
When a test kit is chosen for a particular situation rather than a generic sample, it helps to know that the kit is going to work well. This is especially important when things go wrong during treatment and there is a need to perform a follow up test to make sure everything is going well. There is no reason why the results from a generic test kit cannot be compared to the results from a specially designed test kit. The test results will be comparable. That is what is important.