US News send-in kit for around 60 euros: drugstore chain dm sells antibody test online

17:50  23 october  2020
17:50  23 october  2020 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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48 hours after receipt of the laboratory result: Corona antibody tests are now available online from dm. Laboratory doctors warn against the self-tests.

Medizinisches Personal prüft einen Schnelltest zum Corona-Antikörper-Nachweis. © Photo: dpa / Michael Kappeler Medical staff checks a rapid test for corona antibody detection.

The laboratories in Germany do not come to with the many corona tests, at the same time many people want to avoid visiting the doctor for fear of corona infection. That is why the drugstore chain dm is now selling corona antibody tests - but only online. The tests are therefore not available in dm stores.

Such an antibody test costs 59.95 euros plus shipping costs in the online shop. The result should be available in the laboratory within 12 to 48 hours after receipt of the sample. The test kit sent in is sold under the “Cerascreen” brand. According to the product description, the kit contains “everything for sampling at home”. Users must therefore take a blood sample with a lancet.

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Users then have to register online for the antibody test, enter a six-digit test ID and fill out a questionnaire on previous illnesses and complaints. The user should then send the tube with the blood sample and the return envelope to a “medical partner laboratory”, where it will be examined for antibodies against the coronavirus.

The test result is communicated via an app or the user account on the website. However, the test "serves to detect an already expired SARS-CoV-2 infection and is not suitable for detecting an acute infection".

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Laboratory Doctors: Self-tests are not a useful addition Via his website also

so-called PCR tests , in which the sample must be taken via a throat swab. But the Professional Association of German Laboratory Doctors (BDL) warned at the end of September that Corona self-tests were “not a useful addition to the national test strategy”. After all, the individual corona test results would have enormous consequences. Combating the pandemic must remain the responsibility of doctors.

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In addition, BDL chairman Andreas Bobrowski pointed out the high security requirements that are necessary for such a throat swab - so that no other people are infected, laypeople would have to comply with such security requirements.

The antibody tests are not to be confused with the

-sounding rapid antigen tests . Antibody tests detect whether someone has already had contact with a virus and show that the immune system has responded to the virus - but not an infection. The antigen rapid test is different: Here you need a throat swab in which a very specific protein of the coronavirus can be detected - in this way it can sometimes be found out in 15 minutes whether someone is infected or not.

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