What is an Antigen Test?
An Antigen Test determines the presence of the COVID-19 virus by identifying SARS-CoV-2 Antigens in the body. An antigen is a molecule on the surface of a viral cell that produces an immune response and is an indicator of infection.
What are Antigen tests most suitable for?
These tests are ideally suited for regular monitoring of staff and can be conducted anywhere without any specialist equipment. Many organisations are now starting to use rapid test programmes to screen their workforce to identify asymptomatic staff who are currently infected. This will now have to become more widespread.
What is the Digital Health Scotland Antigen Application & Platform?
Digital Health Scotland Antigen allows you to manage and monitor your Antigen testing for Covid-19 (SARS-COV-2) and record the results on a digital health card on your Smartphone as an App. When your accredited Antigen Tester administers your test, the results are published on your Provectus Antigen Smartphone app which allows you share your latest status via a QR code when you are required.
What is unique about the Antigen tests?
It is simple to use and provides a high volume, low cost COVID-19 screening option at point of care.
What are the key features of the Antigen tests that are supported by Digital Health Scotland Antigen?
- Easy to use – with online training and accreditation provided by the Laboratory to Testers.
- No medical training necessary – however only accredited test staff can perform tests
- Specimen – nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab or oral pharyngeal (throat) swab
- Fast result – within 15-30 minutes
- 97-98% accurate
- CE (European) Certified
Why must I used an Accredited Tester to administer a test?
Only your Tester is accredited to administer your test. They verify the test kit, and then conduct the Antigen test and only they can update your health status on the Provectus Antigen Cloud Platform.
How can I view my Antigen test result?
You can view your Antigen test result on any device.
How is the test administered?
The Antigen Test works by taking a sample from you using a nasopharyngeal (nasal) swab, placing a sample into a liquid solution then pouring the liquid onto the test strip.
How long will it take?
It should take 15-30 minutes to complete the process.
How accurate are the antigen tests?
The test is 97-98% accurate.
How will I know that I am using a valid test kit?
Your Tester will verify each test kit is valid for use.
How is my privacy maintained?
All data collected in the platform is encrypted. The privacy and integrity of user data is protected not only from external attackers but also from unauthorized access. The platform is fully GDPR compliant.
What do the various Health status conditions mean?
Your health status is indicated on the digital health card on the Provectus Antigen app. The card will indicate three primary colours as follows:
- Green: All clear – No action required
- Yellow: Inconclusive – please re-test
- Red: You are infected and must self-isolate and/or seek medical advice.
What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19?
The virus affects different people differently. If you feel unwell or have underlying health issues seek medical advice by following your Health Authority guidelines.
Who will know my health status?
Your COVID health status is recorded on the Digital Health Scotland Antigen App digital health card. This is personal to you.The administrator of the organisation or service who gave you the test will also know but this is for statistical analysis purposes only to help with meeting the wider challenge of Covid 19. We will analyse test results to find trends and identify any hot spots but no identifiable data regarding your health status will be shared.