This Friday, the Government will begin to implement in the Constitution a “health surveillance study” with serological tests to determine the “proportion of the population that has had contact with the virus and has already developed antibodies“, a vital stage of analysis to understand the development of coronavirus and, therefore, how to combat it.
As explained by the Ministry of Health, the objective is to know the dimension of people with positive serology for the new coronavirus among those who use public transport at different times.
Why public transport? Because it is the space where it is more difficult to maintain physical distance, in areas with widespread community circulation.
The first of the tests will be in the Plaza Constitución Station for evaluating the proportion of people with antibodies to the new coronavirus that transit to and from the City of Buenos Aires, from the Metropolitan Area of the Province of Buenos Aires.
Next week they will be extended to the Once and Retiro Stations. This is the first stage of an evaluation, which will include other regions of the country, with different epidemiological realities.
At these points, health teams will offer the people over 18 take the test voluntarily.
How will the study be
The health authorities indicated that part of the 170,000 rapid tests acquired by the Ministry of Health of the Nation, which have the approval of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT).
For this, sentinel test points will be selected in public transport terminals (train / bus / subway), at different points in the City of Buenos Aires and at different times.
Evaluations will be repeated at the same sites every 14-21 days, depending on the stages of isolation exit.
The national Ministries of Health, Safety, and Transport participate in the study in coordination with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
People who want to participate should know that this type of testing is part of an epidemiological study, It is not a diagnostic test, since these rapid tests detect antibodies, that is, they indicate whether one had contact with the virus or not.
The step by step to perform the test is very simple and it takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
If they agree, they will be interviewed briefly to find out if they meet the study criteria. This is that they have not presented fever or respiratory symptoms or sudden loss of sense of smell and taste in the last 21 days.
They will also be a thermal scanner to detect if they have a temperature and if there is no fever, the patient will be taken a small drop of blood –Through a capillary puncture on the finger– to place it in the test.
While waiting for the result, people will receive information on care to avoid transmission of the virus and finally the medical team will communicate the result of the test to the person.