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    Quote Originally Posted by hullexile:
    Oh I thought is was a swab test?
    The antibody test is a blood test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    A few articles online has suggested there are already tests for Covid antibodies available in China so I had a search and found this:

    https://www.linkedmarts.com/en/produ...emcode=LM00387

    It seems to be a test for antibodies which is being used as a diagnostic test for the disease - but I just want a test for the antibodies to see if my husband and I have had the disease, which I think is valid.

    I saw an article on RTHK which disses the product, but I think because of it's use for disease detection, not for antibody detection

    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/compone...5-20200312.htm

    Worth a try? Any views?

    Hubby had a really nasty disease in late January which the doc said was flu - very high temperature, dry cough, felt like shit for 2 weeks and took about 3 to go away. If he got those symptoms today we would just assume he had it.... but in January it's more hit and miss. Hence we wanted to try and find out.

    (And for the skeptics, Dr Fauci has been quoted as saying he's certain the disease would produce antibodies which conferred immunity and hes about the best respected person out there right now: https://www.businessinsider.com/coro...-immune-2020-3)

    Is he suffering from decreased lung capacity? Did he travel to Wuhan or through airports a lot during that time period? Socialize with people from the Mainland?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMDNC:
    Is he suffering from decreased lung capacity? Did he travel to Wuhan or through airports a lot during that time period? Socialize with people from the Mainland?
    For a few weeks after yes. No to the rest. Although we live in an area with a lot of pilots and cabin crew.

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    Decreased lung capacity is supposed to result from the virus. Duration seems to be longer though. IMO seek the test. Seems plausible he had a mild case. Fortunately, he overcame it.

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    Central Health is offering a test, but I don't know which kind. They have been sending emails advertising it for a while now. Might be worth giving them a call, whatever they have is probably more conclusive than a home test.

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    If you get a positive result, how are you able discern whether it is a true positive or a false positive?

    The following covers HIV testing, but some of the information is also relevant to virus testing in general:

    Rapid HIV testing

    . . .
    A positive reaction on a rapid test requires an additional blood test to confirm the results.
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-pro...t/pac-20385018

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrgoodkat:
    Central Health is offering a test, but I don't know which kind. They have been sending emails advertising it for a while now. Might be worth giving them a call, whatever they have is probably more conclusive than a home test.
    You have to ask them if this is a screening test only, and will they be able to give you a confirmation test as well.
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    OT&P is also offering antibodies test and PCR test (saliva). The antibodies test is a blood test and it can tell you if you've been exposed to the virus. This is the same as seeing if you have immunity for it. Spoke with Dr Joyce Lai at OTP clinic and found her helpful 2824-9112

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    I've ordered the home kit. If we get a positive result, we will probably go and get it confirmed at one of the suggestions above to be sure. Then we can act accordingly.


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    How coronavirus testing works and where to get tested

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/...-and-where-get

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