What is the price? What is the difference between rapid and molecular tests?

The Corona virus disease This year it doesn’t give up even in summer, with all due respect to whoever thought the heat could slow down infection (and number death cases): noRt . index (1.30) both cases (763 per 100 thousand inhabitants), and Hospitals reorganizing themselves to reactivate those specialized departments dedicated to infected people, such as, for example, the San Giovanni Hospital in Rome reopening another Covid ward, while the number of admissions in Intensive treatments.

A sad image that has been repeated several times in the past two years, and begins to raise fears of those who fear that they will be infected or re-contact due to the new form of the virus, Omicron 5, which has been shown to be highly contagious. And a new search for tampons began, a test done by the father.The rest can give way to new spots capable of detecting antibodies to the virus.

New patches instead of tampons

The test result is guaranteed in about three minutes: This is the perspective that emerges from a study by scientists from the University of Tokyo, who have developed a new method for detecting specific antibodies to the novel coronavirus, able to check for Covid infection in a safe, reliable and non-invasive way, thanks to A special patch is placed on the skin. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

The authors explained that ineffective identification of individuals infected with Covid has severely limited the global response to the pandemic. At the same time, the high rate of asymptomatic infection, which according to current estimates ranges between 16 and 38%, has compounded the difficulty of identifying positive cases and breaking chains of infection.

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Alarm of submerged situations related to do-it-yourself tests

The number of swabs treated to detect infection Corona virus disease. Meanwhile, the number of “hidden cases” associated with do-it-yourself tests is increasing. “In Italy we are seeing an increase in infection Certainly also the result of the variable Omicron 5 – He argued just a few days ago the national secretary of FederfarmaAnd the Roberto Toubia – So there is a return to the virus that raises its head. A fact that worries us. It is understandable that this rise was accompanied by an increase, albeit at a lower rate. tampons conducted in pharmacies Italian. The difference, and this bothers us a lot, are the do-it-yourself kits for Covid testing at home. A phenomenon that discourages people from scanning in public facilities or pharmacies and creates a loophole in case tracking: a lot of infections are under water.”

tampon prices

With the end of the emergency, drugstore express tampons prices for adults remained stable, but there were increases for children. From the survey conducted by Altroconsumo the day after the emergency ended, we recall, at the end of March, which collected more than a hundred pharmacies in 10 regions, it was found that the price of a rapid test for adults, remained almost everywhere at 15 euros, while it rose For minors between 12 and 15 years of age from 8 euros set by the emergency protocol to approximately 13 euros on average. But during the state of emergency, and under the agreement between the government and pharmacies to reduce the price of tampons, the amount for minors aged 12-18 was set at 8 euros. Then quick tests are carried out in pharmacies that can measure the viral load, and here the price rises: in Rome, for example, the amount is 22 euros..

However, the prices for ‘do-it-yourself’ tests are much cheaper, with prices ranging from 3 to 10 euros.

The difference between rapid antigen tests and molecular smears

The Rapid antigen tests (What’s called Quick swabs) and me Pcr . Molecular Buffers They represent two distinct types of tests aimed at determining the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The Quick swabs It is based on research, in respiratory samples, for viral surface proteins (gly .). Antigens) A response is guaranteed within minutes of collection. However, the sensitivity of rapid antigen tests is lower than molecular smears in patients with a low viral load, and can lead to ‘false-negative results’. Furthermore, a positive result in the rapid test requires a confirmation test that is performed in the laboratory using molecular technology (Molecular Buffer PCR). Rapid tests are thought to be less reliable in symptomatic patients who have developed disease for less than 5 days, or after the seventh day after symptom onset.

Pcr . Molecular Tests, Gold Strandard test (maximum value in terms of reliability and efficacy) by the World Health Organization, reveals the presence of Covid viral genes in the body. Response times are up to 48 hours from the time of testing, with reliable and timely reports. Molecular tests reduce false positives.

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