ABBOTT’S PANBIO HEALTH CANADA APPROVED RAPID ANTIGEN TEST RECEIVES CE MARK FOR ASYMPTOMATIC SCREENING AND SELF-ADMINISTERED SAMPLE COLLECTION WITH NASAL SWAB
- Panbio™ COVID-19 Ag Rapid Test Device supports mass testing in congregate populations of people (mass screening) who are asymptomatic
- Frequent screening of asymptomatic and symptomatic people helps restore a sense of safety at workplaces, schools, travel and recreational settings, and other places where people gather in large numbers
- Test is approved for use with a patient-friendly and minimally invasive nasal swab; patients can self-administer sample collection under a trained professional guidaince
- Panbio COVID-19 Ag delivers results in as early as 15 minutes with no instrumentation, using proven Abbott lateral flow technology
- Test performance in clinical study demonstrated 93.8% sensitivity and 100.0% specificity in asymptomatic people with high viral loads
Guidelines Set By Ontario Ministry of Health for Covid Testing
The covid virus can be spread by individuals not experiencing any symptoms (asymptomatic), and also the virus can be spread by persons that have been fully vaccinated. Antigen covid testing is considered to be an effective tool to stop the spread of covid from persons without symptoms and persons fully vaccinated, along with following guidelines for . Antigen covid testing is being conducted only in addition to, not as a replacement for, diagnostic PCR testing of individuals within the outbreak setting, as outlined in the provincial testing guidance.
- Specimen collection for POCT antigen tests are considered appropriate to be done by health professionals, trained individuals, and supervised self-swabbing, in accordance with the manufacturer’s label.
- Specimen collection for the molecular antigen self-test may be done by supervised self-swabbing or self-administered.
- For individuals in high prevalence areas (Yellow/Orange/Red/Grey) antigen POCT should be performed 2-3 times per week.
- For low prevalence areas (Green), antigen POCT should be performed 1-2 times per week.
- Individuals who receive a positive result through antigen POCT must:
- Seek an immediate laboratory PCR test (i.e. within 24 hours) to act as a confirmatory test as per Provincial Testing Guidance.
- Immediately self-isolate until the result of the confirmatory lab-based PCR test is known. Appendix 7: Self-Isolation for COVID-19 Cases or Other Individuals in the Household
- All preliminary positive results from antigen POCT must also be reported to the local PHU, in accordance with the HPPA. Contacting your Public Health Unit
- Individuals who receive a negative result from antigen POCT should be reminded to continue to practice strict infection prevention and control measures (e.g. masking, hand hygiene, physical distancing). Negative results may lead to parties undertaking inappropriately lax prevention methods, resulting in increased potential for COVID-19 transmission.
- Any individual self-administering or supervising self-swabbing must consult the self-swabbing training resource developed by Ontario Health in collaboration with Public Health Ontario and ensure they have the appropriate knowledge, skills, and judgment to provide appropriate self-swabbing oversight, including how to operate the device, PPE requirements, and how to safely dispose of waste.