Antigen test guidelines remain unchanged in the face of the Omicron danger.
A health official stated Thursday that there will be no modifications to the recommendations for using antigen tests in the wake of the highly dangerous Omicron coronavirus strain.
In a Viber message to reporters, Department of Health – Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr. Beverly Ho said, “Since the beginning, we have consistently stressed the benefits and limitations of antigen test.”
After the US Food and Drug Administration indicated quick antigen tests have limited sensitivity in detecting the Omicron variation, the public expressed worry about the credibility of antigen test results.
Antigen tests are best performed among those who are symptomatic or at high risk of exposure to Covid-19 cases, according to the DOH.
“That is to say, if you test positive, you most likely have it.” However, as previously said, “testing negative does not fully rule out the possibility of contracting Covid-19, regardless of which version it is,” according to Ho.
The Department of Health has recommended that the RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test be used to enhance the results of an antigen test as part of a comprehensive set of actions to stop Covid-19 from spreading.
“At this point, there is no reason to revise our antigen test standards because they were written with the previously stated context in mind,” Ho continued.
There have been four confirmed cases of Omicron variation in the country so far, all of them are returning abroad Filipinos.
Three of these instances have now been recovered, while the fourth is still being quarantined at home.
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