The Council of Ministers today approves the sale of antigen tests in pharmacies

Jul 20, 2021 | Current affairs, Featured

In order to control new infections, today the Government will approve a royal decree by which pharmacies will be able to sell antigen tests without prescription. If the result is positive, the doctor must be informed. Common sense will be appealed to. Health professionals recommend waiting 2 to 7 days for the test to identify sufficient antigen load.
The price will be between 7 and 12 euros.
From today, anyone can go to the pharmacy to get a coronavirus test, without a doctor’s prescription. They are self-tests. You do the test yourself at home. They put on a petin that simulates a pregnancy test, it is very simple, they wait 15 minutes for the result, the sample is taken from saliva or from the nose with a swab. You also have the possibility to take a serological test.

These serological tests are carried out by means of a blood test and their aim is to detect antibodies against the virus. If the result is positive, it means that the sample contains immunoglobulins that specifically recognise the virus and therefore it can be confirmed that the person has been in contact with it. Depending on which type of immunoglobulin is detected, it can be suspected that the infection was very recent (IgM positive) or if, on the contrary, it is a more mature response and therefore more distant/past/less recent (IgG positive). However, a negative result does not presuppose that there has been no contact with the virus as the levels of these antibodies may be so low that they are not detected, regardless of whether or not symptomatology is present.