ISF’s first priority continues to be the long term health and wellbeing of our community. The school made an agreement with a local medical testing lab in order to facilitate testing procedures for our community upon return to school after each break. Below are the dates and types of testing that we are performing.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE VARIOUS TESTS FOR COVID-19
- RT-PCR test: detects the presence of viral RNA. It is very accurate and efficient. This test is able to detect a COVID-19 infection even before the person becomes infectious and will allow early isolation. Thus, this method is able to prevent the transmission of the virus to other hosts. The disadvantages are the financial cost compared to the antigen tests, the longer evaluation time, and the need for highly professional staff for sample handling.
- Rapid Antigen test: detects viral proteins. The rapid antigen test reveals patients at the peak of the infection when the body has the highest concentration of these proteins. The disadvantage is that they are not as sensitive (accurate) as the standard RT-PCR tests used to accurately identify those infected.
- Antibody test: this test measures antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the bodies of people who have already had COVID-19 or are successfully recovering from the disease. Antibodies are not present at the onset of the disease.
THE 2 TYPES OF COVID-19 TESTS USED BY ISF