One of the five repatriated OFW who disembarked at Ozamiz Port last night has tested positive via rapid test done at the pier. Misamis Occidental Gov. Philip Tan said the individual will still undergo a swab test to confirm the results of the rapid test. He is now in one of the holding centers alone in one room.
In his Facebook post, Gov. Tan said the individual was feeling fine. He further explained the difference between rapid test and swab test. See below.
RAPID TEST KITS: Rapid test kits use blood samples and are unable to detect the COVID-19 virus. Instead, it measures a patient’s antibodies through the blood sample. The Department of Health has repeatedly warned against its use since the kits are prone to “false negatives” or “false positives”. A health official explained that the kits might be unable to detect antibodies at the early stage of an infection.
SWAB TEST: The test is being used mainly to detect the coronavirus in high-risk situations, such as with health care professionals or based on an individual’s symptoms, age and health, or recent travel history. Once a sample is collected, it can take four hours to run the test. But it may be days or weeks to receive the results because of the time it takes to get the sample to the lab, run the test and then report the results, and labs in some regions are backlogged with testing samples.