Dis-chem now offering drive-through Covid-19 antibody tests

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Dis-Chem, in partnership with Lancet Laboratories, is now offering South Africans Covid-19 antibody testing.

The chain of pharmacies has set up public drive-through stations across the country to conduct the new tests which cost R380. Antibody tests do not detect active cases as does the nasal swab test (also offered at Dis-chem for R850). Instead, an antibody test detects whether someone was “very likely” to have already caught Covid-19 and developed an immune response.

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According to Dis-chem, the test detects antibodies which begin to build up approximately fourteen days after a person has been infected. It’s important to note that even if you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies, there is no science to prove you are immune to future infections.

“Given the current level of knowledge about SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests, it is important to stress that regardless of your test result, patients must continue to apply basic non-pharmaceutical interventions (hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing of masks),” said Lizeth Kruger, Dis-Chem’s national clinic manager.

Patients can expect their results via SMS with 24 to 48 hours. Read more trending news, right here.

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