- Professor Karim has revealed that Covid-19 antibody tests have been approved and the public will soon be able to access them
- The tests will be able to confirm if a person has contracted and recovered from Covid-19 due to the presence of antibodies to the virus in their system
- This could be a potential game-changer in the way governments are fighting against the virus
Rapid antibody tests for Covid-19 have been approved by the South African health products regulator. Chairperson of the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim has said that the tests will soon be made available to the public.
"Some of them are laboratory-based tests and others are clinic-based tests. We do not have any home-testing that we are looking at - it is only facility-based," said Karim.
The tests have been lauded as the 'missing weapon' in the fight against the coronavirus according to ENCA.
Briefly.co.za learned that the antibody tests detect whether a person has contracted and recovered from the Covid-19 due to antibodies being developed by the immune system. This would help identify people who have had and recovered from the virus, they should have developed a resistance to the virus and are less likely to be reinfected.
Recently, Briefly.co.za reported that a number of high profile South Africans have tested positive for Covid-19.
AKA has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The South African rapper has used the positive diagnosis to spread a message of caution to the Mzansi community. He urged citizens to be more careful and to adhere to the regulations that have been set to attempt to flatten the curve.
In a statement released by the provincial government, Makhura explained his personal experience with the coronavirus:
"On Wednesday I experienced some mild symptoms. On Thursday, I decided to self-quarantine and test for Covid-19 as a precautionary measure. Today, Friday, I received my test results confirming that I have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a special announcement posted to Joshua's Emmanuel TV, the cleric called on relevant government and medical authorities to connect Covid-19 patients to the programme for healing.
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