Written by Paul Hillman, CEO, MEDsan UK
As restrictions in the UK start to ease, ensuring the workplace stays protected from coronavirus is an essential public health intervention. With a high level of protection needed to prevent any further outbreaks in the workplace, it helps if employers have assurance there is immunity amongst their staff following vaccination.
A reliable way to ensure your teams have coronavirus antibodies in their system and have therefore reached immunity, is through rapid antibody testing.
Rapid antibody testing can give employers the assurance they need that their staff are protected from the disease and can work together in safety. Furthermore, rapid antibody testing can be used to test visitors to sites, to ensure their safety also. Rapid antibody testing is a simple procedure using a lateral flow test. With results generated within just 10 minutes, it’s an easy process to manage. Antibody testing is particularly useful for workplaces where staff need to work alongside each other in close proximity. Many staff will also be keen to see if their vaccination has been successful, and rapid antibody testing is likely to embraced with curiosity and positivity.
Rapid antibody tests identify both IgG and IgM antibodies. IgG antibodies remain in the system once the infection has passed, indicating immunity. Once staff have tested positive for the IgG coronavirus antibodies, these groups can be recorded as safe and tested again in a few months’ time, to ensure the antibodies are still present.
It’s advisable to wait 3 weeks after the second dose of a coronavirus vaccine before testing for antibodies. After the second dose, vaccine effectiveness rises to over 85% – a promising figure, but one that still leaves a margin, and therefore ensuring immunity has been reached through antibody testing is an advisable belt and braces approach.
MEDsan UK’s rapid antibody test is manufactured in Germany with a clinical sensitivity of over 98.3%. Over 50 million MEDsan antibody tests been used by hospitals, governments and private companies across the world.