What is COVID-19 Rapid Test and The Benefit

The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia is increasing day by day. Up until today, Indonesia has not yet shown a flattening curve of daily cases. This might happen as the government is increasing the number of testing samples through Swab or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. Aside from the PCR test, there is another popular test that has been massively conducted in Indonesia is Rapid Test.

From the name, we can guess this rapid test can be done quickly and provide the result faster than other testing methods available. Through fast detection, the government and other related stakeholders can quickly detect the potential carrier and perform further action to save people while taking necessary measures to prevent wider spread.

What is rapid test for Coronavirus?

The rapid test is one of the initial screening test methods to detect the presence of Immunoglobulin M (IgM) dan Immunoglobulin G (IgG), antibodies that are being produced by our body to fight coronavirus. Someone who got a positive result from this test could potentially have the virus in his/her body.

Why does she/he only potentially have the virus? The formation of antibodies in the human body takes a long time and sometimes takes weeks. People who are tested positive need further tests to detect the presence of the virus itself. Therefore, the rapid test can only be served as an initial screening, not for diagnosing the infection of COVID-19.

Don’t forget to always still encouraged to take any preventive measures such as regularly wash hands, increase immunity, and maintain physical distancing especially in the public spaces. Stay at home as much as possible. If you have to go outside for urgent matters, do not forget to use a mask.

You can find out how much exposure to COVID-19 infection, with the COVID-19 chatbot feature provided free on Pulse. If you still have questions about COVID-19, Chat doctor directly through the Talk to Doctors feature.

Always remember to keep clean and healthy.  

Source: Prudential Indonesia