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Reprint from Australia

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.07.21.21260810v1

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JAMA publication on the pandemic and respiratory viruses

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2781312

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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