Explained: What is Rapid Test

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News:Kerala government has announced ‘rapid test’ to tackle the suspicion of whether the novel coronavirus has spread into the community.

Facts:

  • A rapid test is a speedy test conducted to determine whether there has been any kind of recent viral infection in a person’s body.
  • When a pathogen enters a human body, specific antibodies are released as a response to the virus.
  • A rapid test can detect the presence of such antibodies in blood, serum or plasma samples quickly indicating a viral infection.It is conducted usually to check for community transmission of a virus during an epidemic.