An Approach to Screen COVID-19 Patients Using Diagnostic Kits: With Special Reference to Pakistan

Authors

  • aiza Gul Durrani Consultant, Science shines Ltd., London
  • Farhat Zaheer Retired Chief Scientific officer (CSO), Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47489/p000s342z7421-3mc

Abstract

The World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. The main approach to tackle Covid-19 worldwide is to screen and provide supportive care to patients. For screening purpose RT-qPCR- based test are used as an initial detections assay. The test is expensive, time consuming and not suitable for mass scale screening/ confirmation requirement. A recent advancement is development of Immunoassay procedures (liquid Phase tests or bed side 10-20 minute strip test). In order to help and accelerate bringing life to normal after lock down, Pakistan is in dire need to develop and adopt the immunoassay procedures for mass scale screening and confirmation of COVID-19 infection. It is cheap and easy to perform without a lab requirement.

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Published

2020-12-02

How to Cite

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aiza Gul Durrani, Farhat Zaheer. An Approach to Screen COVID-19 Patients Using Diagnostic Kits: With Special Reference to Pakistan. Proceedings S.Z.M.C [Internet]. 2020 Dec. 2 [cited 2024 Apr. 24];34(2):1-3. Available from: https://proceedings-szmc.org.pk/index.php/szmc/article/view/24