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Posted On: 9 July 2020 08:35 pm
Updated On: 10 July 2020 04:04 pm

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is standard test for COVID-19: HMC

Khadiza Begum
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Hamad Medical Cooperation (HMC) underlined that the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is the standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19.

Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC Dr. Einas Al Kuwari said, "The current gold standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19 is the Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This is a highly sensitive test which is carried out using a swab of the back of the mouth and the top of the nose, and very accurately tells us if someone is COVID-19 positive.

"There is another test, the rapid serological test, which is carried out using a finger prick a little like a diabetes test. The results from this kind of test are very fast but less accurate than PCR testing. The use of rapid serological tests must follow the clinical protocols and guidelines and to be done by clinical and trained staff. It is not recommended to be used by public."

Source: Qatar News Agency