Whereas before only entitled VIPs could get COVID-19 tests, more people have access to this crucial screening now. And if initial antibody tests come back positive, then it’s best to get the final answer regarding COVID-19 with a polymerase chain reaction-based test kit (the kind where you need to get swabbed). St. Luke’s Medical Center starts its drive-thru service for this RT-PCR testing today, July 13. You can avail of the testing at either at their Taguig or Quezon City branch.
The medical center is offering this service for asymptomatic patients. It will be available daily from 7am to 4pm in Global City, and from 2pm to 6pm in Quezon City. Just be sure to set an appointment at least two days before by contacting them anytime between 8am and 5pm on weekdays. St. Luke’s also offers blood works through the drive-thru service.
The RT-PCR testing, short for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, is considered the gold standard for confirming COVID-19 cases. A mucus sample is taken—hence the dreaded swab—and sent to the proper lab for testing to see if the virus is indeed present. A rapid antibody test on the other hand simply checks if the antibodies needed to fight the pathogen are present in your blood, from where it can be assumed whether or not you have the virus.
You can get something similar to the rapid antibody test over at The Medical City. Their kind of testing is called the Enhanced Chemiluminescence Immunoassay antibody test, which promises 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity, according to The Medical City—though an RT-PCR test is still recommended for those whose antibody tests return positive.
For more information, log on to the official St. Luke's Medical Center Facebook page.
NOTE: This article first appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made.