PODCAST 5 - Part 1 & Part 2

1. Reprint from Australia


2. JAMA publication on the pandemic and respiratory viruses


Since the pandemic began, there has been much discussion about diagnostic testing. Fortunately, we have entered the age where testing is very specific and very sensitive across a wide range of sophisticated platforms. Here are some definitions of diagnostic testing to help to clarify these options

Glossary for Types of Diagnostic Tests

Antigen Test: a diagnostic test that detects specific proteins from the virus1

Antibody Test: detects antibodies that are made by your immune system in response to a threat, such as a specific virus; not used to diagnose active infection1

Molecular Test: a diagnostic test that detects genetic material from the virus1

PCR or Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR): one type of molecular diagnostic test1

Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT): one type of molecular diagnostic test1

Isothermal Nucleic Acid Amplification Technology: one type of molecular diagnostic test (using viral RNA)2

Direct to Consumer (DTC) Test: Test: home collection tests available without a prescription, but the sample is analyzed in a laboratory1

At-home Testing: consumer completes sample collection and testing at home1

Over the Counter (OTC) Test: consumer completes sample collection and testing at home, without a prescription1

1. https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/coronavirus-disease-2019-testing-basics. Accessed 11 August 2021.

2. https://www.fda.gov/media/136525/download. Accessed 11 August 2021.

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